Let’s see … we had warm temperatures on Monday followed by a power-cutting windstorm followed by slippery travel on Wednesday … and now a weekend snowstorm on tap … must be March in upstate New York.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Otsego County, in effect from 1 a.m. through 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 andsaid Friday morning that our region can expect the snow to begin overnight with snow that “could be heavy at times.” Chance of precipitation is 100 percent, with a new, March 11 accumulation prediction sitting at “around seven to eight inches” for the event. Winds pick up in the afternoon on Saturday with gusts as high as 31 miles per hour.
Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night for Daylight Savings Time, which, our friends in fire prevention remind us, is always the right time to check our smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries.
Telly the two-year-old Bernedoodle couldn’t have been happier with last weekend’s snow and ice as she hung out on the snowbank in front of her mom’s shop on Cooperstown’s Main Street. Jen Howard, owner of Cooperstown Classics, said, “Telly lives for this weather. It’s her favorite time of year!” The full-grown pooch weighs in at 75 pounds and looks ready to go! [Photo for allotsego.com by Tara Barnwell.]
The Ice Harvest Festival was cancelled at the Hanford Mills Museum due to the museum site being “dangerously slippery” from the snow and ice storm on Thursday and Friday, according to a recorded message on the Hanford Mills Museum phone line.
The Ice Harvest Festival website said frozen water on the site, including Mill Pond, created dangerous conditions.
“We were very much look forward to hosting an in-person Ice Harvest after having a virtual Ice Harvest last year due to COVID,” a statement on the website read. “The Ice Harvest is our biggest event of the year, so we share your disappointment. Visitor safety is our priority. Thank you for understanding.”
The Hanford Mills Museum opens for the season on May 15. For more information go to www.hanfordmills.org.
It is easy to take for granted the pristine roads that resurface after every snow fall.
When Mother Nature sends the winter weather, it isn’t magic that clears away the snow from the streets but the grit of the workers manning the snow plows and checking for ice in the early hours of the morning.
Cooperstown Streets Superintendent Christopher Satriano said that all starts with the vigilance and hard work of one man, who checks the conditions of the road first thing in the morning.
“During the week, I have a guy who works at 4 a.m. every morning to check for ice,” Mr. Satriano said to The Freeman’s Journal/Hometown Oneonta. “If he comes in the morning and the streets need to be plowed, he checks the list of on-call snow plowers. If it’s just ice, we have two small sanders.”
OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley, right, leads Bridgette Hulbert, daughter Vivian, Jack and William Mokay, and Andrew Rock, all of Delhi, and Erin and Kathryn Dailey, both of Oneonta, on a snowshoeing hike at the annual Winter Fest at Gilbert Lake State Park this afternoon. At right, Tami-Lee Volgari, Oneonta, sleds down a hill with her daughter Eama-Lee. Visitors also enjoyed skiing, information sessions on winter camping and survival, as well as a bonfire. The event was hosted by OCCA and Five Star Subaru. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Editor’s Note: Libby Cudmore, Jennifer Hill, Jim Kevlin and Pat Wager contributed to this article.
Everyone is ready for Winter Storm Harper.
“Whatever it decides to do and whenever it decides to come, we will be ready for it,” said Rich Brimmer, Otsego County deputy highway superintendent. “We spent the day yesterday making sure all the plows are ready to go and all the snowplow operators are on stand-by.”
Brimmer says the county has 16 plows ready and drivers on standby. “Each driver has an assigned beat,” he said. “It takes a driver two to three hours to clear one beat, depending on the amount of snow and how many intersections that have to be cleared on the route.”
A “No Unnecessary Travel” advisory remains in place for the county until 6 p.m. tomorrow, and City of Oneonta residents are advised that they cannot park on the street after 2 1/2 inches of snowfall. In Cooperstown, on-street parking is also prohibited, but cars may be parked in the Doubleday Field lot.
As much as 20 inches of snow could fall on Otsego County this weekend, according to Accuweather.
The strong snowstorm is predicted to start in the Midwest and sweep up central Pennsylvania and into central New York by Thursday or Friday.
Though snow will start on Friday and continue on Saturday, the majority of the snow will fall on Sunday. Snow is also predicted through the rest of next week.
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Runners of the annual Tailgate 5K had a wintery start this morning with wind and flurries filling the air of the 6th ward in Oneonta. Above: Bryan Squires and 6th Ward Athletic Club President Bob Thomas release the tape as Tom Slicer, Oneonta, crosses the finish line after coming in 1st with a time of 16:49. At right, Oneonta running partners Jacqueline Scanlon, left and Lydia Dillon, run through the snow on the race course near Riverside School. The two were the first two women to cross the finish line; Jacqueline took 1st with 21:39, followed closely by Lydia with a time of 21:41. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
A state of emergency has been declared in the City of Oneonta as snowfall from Winter Storm Riley continues to fall. Overall accumulation is expected reach 12 inches through the day. Above, Gary Burley and son Mason shovel out their driveway on Oneonta’s Chestnut Street. Temperatures in the low 30s have made the snow heavy and wet, causing some area damage. “There are parts of Chestnut Street and the West End that do not have power,” reported Asst. Fire Chief Jim Maloney. “There are wires and limbs down blocking some road ways, but so far no accidents or fires have been reported.” At right, Casey Thomas drives past temporary stop sign erected at the intersection of Chestnut and West streets when the traffic lights went out. Roads are currently closed to non-emergency vehicles and motorists are advised against any unnecessary travel. Snowfall is expected to continue until midnight. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
With schools closed for the storm, families and friends took to the slopes around town for some sledding. Above, Micheal Alston, flashes a smile as he sleds down an embankment near Huntington Memorial library this morning. Behind him, his cousin Devonte and uncle Winston also join in the fun. At right, friends Lucy Hartill and Lily Beers, both fifth graders at Valleyview, sled in the fresh powder in Wilber Park. A travel advisory remains in affect at this time. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)