Snow hammers region yet again
The snow keeps on piling up.
Residents in Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton counties are clearing out for the second time in a little more than a week after yet another storm dropped up to a foot of snow on the area Thursday and into this morning.
National Weather Service meteorologist Hugh Johnson said most of Fulton County received about 10 inches while Montgomery County was hit with 12 inches before the storm ended around 8 a.m.
Johnson said the highest totals in the area were in Fonda, which received 12 inches, and the city of Amsterdam, with 12 1/2 inches.
The storm forced the closure of local schools.
In another storm Feb. 5, between 10 and 14 inches of snow fell in Fulton and Montgomery counties.
Johnson said this season’s snowfall totals are well ahead of last year’s accumulation and is shaping up to be the largest accumulation since 2010-11, which received 87 inches.
He said the snowfall total for the area was 53.6 inches before the most recent storm.
Johnson said many meteorologists had some difficulty predicting this latest storm because it was combining with another along the East Coast.
“It was the result of two pieces of energy merging together,” Johnson said. “At first, it was very unclear if it was going to happen, but it did merge with that southern storm, and by doing that, it tucked it in and brought it right up the coast.”
He said for the rest of today, snow will blow around, which may make travel difficult.
He said the sun today may bring temperatures into the lower 30s.
Johnson said another storm is developing and it may bring snow showers to the area Saturday.
Next week, Johnson said, temperatures are anticipated to be in the lower to mid-40s.
Gloversville Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones said this morning his crews had been tending to city streets since 11 p.m. Thursday and were continuing to work this morning.
“I think we are in pretty good shape,” Jones said.
Some communities in the state have complained about salt supplies, but Jones said his salt supply is doing well. His department received 1,200 tons in January.
“They sent it all to me within two weeks,” Jones said. “I don’t know where the problem is [for other communities], but where we get it from doesn’t seem to have a shortage because they got it right in here.”
Mark Yost, Fulton County superintendent of highways and facilities, said the county also has no salt shortage.
The National Weather Service reported snowfall totals ranged from 8 inches near Binghamton to 20 inches in Greene County, south of Albany. Much of the mid-Hudson Valley received a foot or more of snow, with a few more inches forecast for the weekend.
Traffic was moving again this morning on the New York State Thruway’s westbound lanes after they were shut down by a jackknifed tractor-trailer outside Albany.
The Thruway Authority said the truck crashed around 7:20 a.m. today and blocked the westbound lanes between Exit 25A and Exit 26 in Rotterdam.
Westbound traffic on Interstate 90 was diverted off the highway at Exit 25 near Schenectady. The Thruway Authority reported the westbound lanes reopened around 8:25 a.m.
Thursday and today’s storm was reminiscent of the Valentine’s Day storm of 2007. That storm, however, dropped 3 feet on much of the region.
The latest storm has presented a challenge for local florists on Valentine’s Day.
“We are still taking calls, and as long as everything goes according to plan, we should be able to get everything out in time,” Bob Peck of Peck’s Flowers in Gloversville said this morning. “[The snow] slows the trucks down, but hopefully, they will get the roads cleaned up and the trucks can get moving.”
He said he already had 300 deliveries ready to go today and expected more to come from last-minute buyers.
“We knew the storm was coming, so we pulled out all of our school orders for teachers and students and had them sent yesterday,” Peck said. “They all had to be out pretty early because some were closing at 11 or noon, so we were scrambling there for a while, but we got it done.”
“It’s business as usual and we will make it to everybody,” Cindy Bogdan of Damiano’s Flower & Gifts in Amsterdam said this morning. “It may not be first thing in the morning because our drivers need to be safe, but the flowers will get there and hopefully make everyone happy.”
She said their shop was scrambling Thursday to make sure the school deliveries were out on time.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.