HASTINGS, N.Y. — The snowstorm and high winds that hit the northeast Saturday left many trees and power lines down in towns and villages throughout Westchester. The storm also caused roads closures, power outages and automobile accidents.
High winds and snow totaling several inches were the order of the day, and officials have asked people to stay inside until the weather emergency abates by early Sunday, if weather forecasts prove correct.
In Greenburgh alone, the police had reported 50 down trees by 3:30 p.m., according to a message sent out by Supervisor Paul Feiner.
Police departments along and near the Hudson River all said that they have been very busy since the snow started coming down in earnest. “The phone hasn’t stopped ringing,” said a police officer at Briarcliff. “We’ve had hundreds of cases,” said another in Pleasantville.
As of Saturday evening, however, only Hastings, out of ten communities contacted, reported an accident with an injury. A pedestrian was struck by a car about 4 p.m. on South Side Avenue near the train station, the Hastings police said. The victim was taken to St. John’s Hospital in Yonkers for evaluation, although injuries seemed minor, according to police.
Streets and roads were slushy and visibility was poor. On the Saw Mill River Parkway, drivers encountered fallen branches and trees turning the roadway into an obstacle course. There have been reports in some parts of the county of downed live electrical lines, some of them possibly buried under snow.
Metro North had spotty train service and many flights were delayed or canceled at the Westchester County airport. It's the same at other nearby airports.
In Bronxville, a football playoff game was interrupted in the second quarter by the weather and postponed to Sunday.
The National Weather Service predicts rain and snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches through the night for the towns along the Hudson, with the weather mostly cloudy during Sunday morning, then gradually clearing. Check back for updates throughout the weather emergency.