Snow covers region
Local residents awoke to another winter storm this morning.
This one will dump up to a foot of snow across the region by the time it ends tonight, according to the National Weather Service in Albany.
As of 8 a.m. today, about 2 inches of snow had fallen in Fulton County, said meteorologist Luigi Meccariello.
He said 8 to 12 inches are expected to fall in the Capital Region, including Fulton and Montgomery counties.
A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m. today, Meccariello said.
The wind is expected to be around 5 to 10 mph today, with the temperatures reaching a high in the mid-20s and a low in the single digits, Meccariello said.
The storm forced local schools to shut down today.
Local law-enforcement officials this morning reported few problems related to the storm.
Gloversville Police Chief Donald VanDeusen said there were no reported car accidents since the storm started early this morning. However, VanDeusen stressed it is important for people to use common sense while driving. He advised people to stay off the roads if possible.
Johnstown Police Department Sgt. Jamie Allen said the lack of traffic problems may be because people knew the storm was coming and either stayed home or slowed down on the roads.
Fulton County Undersheriff Kevin Lenahan reported no traffic incidents this morning.
Montgomery County Undersheriff Peter Vrooman said there were a few minor spin-outs and the need for tow trucks in Montgomery County, but no one required medical aid.
“It is a very active morning out there, definitely,” Vrooman said this morning.
Gloversville Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones said the plows were heading out around 9 a.m. today and would plow for roughly six hours. Once finished, crews will rest before going out again around 11 p.m., he said.
Jay Chericho, a U.S. Postal Service employee, said his crew was expected to go out as normal at 8:15 a.m. today, but he predicted a frustrating day.
“If the [mail] trucks get here on time, we get on the streets early enough, we should be fine,” Chericho said.
If the storm delays the trucks, however, Chericho said there could be delays in mail delivery.
“It will be a tough [day] I think today,” Chericho said.
Mickey Coppola of Ephratah said this morning the roads were not that bad coming into Johnstown.
“I’ve never had a problem, I don’t think it will get that bad,” Coppola said.
Penny Allen of Gloversville said she had been working overnight through the storm at Lexington Center.
“If you take your time, [the roads] are fine, but they are definitely slippery,” Allen said.
Audrey Page of Johnstown said she has been a resident of the area for 46 years and is used to winter storms.
“It is nothing new,” Page said.