News of Otsego County


NYSEG and RG&E Preparing for Winter Storm

NYSEG, RG&E Preparing for Winter Storm

BINGHAMTON—New York State Electric & Gas and Rochester Gas and Electric are preparing for high winds associated with the winter storm that is expected to move across New York State today. As a result of the forecast, the companies have pre-staged additional line and tree personnel across the state to assist with restoration efforts, if needed. The storm has the potential to impact all of NYSEG and RG&E’s service areas, which includes the Western New York, Rochester, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, North Country, Capital Region, Hudson Valley and Westchester regions.

Current forecasts call for wind gusts potentially reaching 60 miles per hour in two stages on Friday and Saturday, as well as snow and ice, to begin late Thursday in Western New York and then move east across the state. The wind, ice, and snow have the potential to bring down trees and limbs, causing damage to overhead power lines and other electrical equipment. The companies urge customers to monitor local forecasts and prepare for the possibility of service interruptions.

And Snow It Begins…

Up To 20 Inches Possible

And Snow It Begins…

The first winter storm of the season has arrived and plows are on the road throughout Oneonta, where as much as 20 inches of snow is predicted. A winter storm warning remains in effect until midnight Monday, Dec. 1. Sleet fell earlier this morning, with snow accumulation predicted to start later this afternoon and continue throughout the night. In Oneonta, parking regulations in the Municipal Parking Garage and lots have been lifted, and all cars must be off the streets after 2 1/2 inches of snowfall. (Ian Austin/

Windchill Warning: Could Get Down to -30 Overnight


Wind Chill May

Dip To 30-Below

Bundled up against single-digit temperatures, David Lamb, above, snowblows his mom Celia’s driveway on Linden Avenue, Cooperstown, as dusk neared this afternoon.  While clearing roads was done for the day, Otsego Town Highway Supt. Bill Hribar Sr. said, “We’re going to have wind tonight and will start plowing again in the morning.” Though Winter Storm Harper didn’t deliver the 20-30 inches of snow the county expected, the National Weather Service is predicting strong winds and 35 mph gusts  through tomorrow.  During the day, temperatures dropped from the 20s into the single digits by dusk, with the late afternoon cold evident in Brian Clancy’s icy beard, inset photo.  (He was snowplowing a driveway on Elm Street, Cooperstown, with son Stephen.) The Weather Service issued a wind-chill warning, and Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig said it could feel as low as minus-30 overnight. ( photos)

Winter Storm Harper Arrives in Otsego County

Winter Storm Harper

Arrives in Otsego County

Pals Josh Rumberger, right, and Mark Wellington stride forcefully toward a warmer locale as light flurries began to fall along the village’s Main Street at about 3:45 p.m. today. (Jim Kevlin/

Lori Fisher was buying seeds at Hannaford in order to spend her snow day doing some planting in anticipation of spring (Jennifer Hill/

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.

It Begins

It Begins!

First Flurries Of Weekend

Winter Storm Harper Arrives

Steve Menendez, Oneonta, shovels the first layer of snow outside of the Elks Club in Oneonta this morning. The main storm is expected throughout the weekend with total expected accumulations between 12″-20″. Check for weather-related updates and cancellations in our area. (Ian Austin/

20 Inches of Snow Could Befall County This Weekend

20 Inches Of Snow

Predicted For County

Over This Weekend

ONEONTA – 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.

Weather services such as are cautioning that predictions could change, with the snowstorm not being as severe as currently predicted.

103 Without Power In County

103 Without Power County-Wide

Several households remain without power in Richfield Springs, where six inches of snow fell overnight. (Jim Kevlin/

COOPERSTOWN – 63 households in Pittsfield and 103 across the county are without power following last night’s snowstorm, according to NYSEG.

Six inches of snow fell in the Richfield Springs area, with temperatures currently around 32 degrees. In Jordanville, all 38 NYSEG customers are without power. In Cooperstown, five households remain without power, and in Springfield Center, 10 homes.

First ’18 Storm Lighter Here Than Elsewhere

First ’18 Storm Lighter

Here Than Elsewhere

Still, It’s Colder Than Usual, Mattice Says,

And More Snowfall Predicted For Sunday

Ron Jex, Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, wields a big shovel, but snowfall in the village was far less than points south, according to Weather Observer Dave Mattice. (Jim Kevlin/

Otego’s Tanner Gainsford, with dad Mark, were snowblowing Barbara Cimko’s sidewalks and driveway this morning in Oneonta’s Greater Plains neighborhood.  (Ian Austin/

It may have a surprise, but it shouldn’t have been, according to National Weather Service weather Dave Mattice of Oneonta.

Mid-November snows are not unusual, he said a few minutes ago, just as Cooperstown DPW chief Mitch Hotaling declared the village snow emergency, originally due to last until this evening, at an end.

“This is definitely not the most snow we’ve had in November,” said Mattice.  “I remember a Thanksgiving snow, riding a snowmobile up Chestnut Street all the way to East Street.”

If anything, Otsego County got it easy in the overnight storm.  “We were spared,” Mattice said.  “Hancock got 12-13 inches. I only got 5 inches” at his Oneonta home.  In Cooperstown, it appeared 6-8 inches had fallen.

With Snow Due, City Hall Allows Parking In Deck

With Snow Due, City Hall

Allowing Parking In Deck

ONEONTA – In anticipation of the predicted snowfall, the City of Oneonta is lifting parking regulations in the parking garage and other municipal lots.

Drivers are reminded that anytime there is more than 2 1/2″ of snowfall, vehicles must be removed from city streets or they are subject to ticketing and/or towing at the vehicle owners expense.

As Storm Looms, Schools To Close


As Storm Looms,

Schools To Close

With heavy snows expected to begin at 11 p.m. in Otsego County, Oneonta, Cooperstown and other area schools are already announcing they will be closed Friday.

Also, Cooperstown Public Works Superintendent Mitch Hotaling declared a state of emergency between 11 this evening and 10 a.m. Saturday, meaning on-street parking is prohibited.

The Calm After The Storm

The Calm After The Storm

Butler Road in Cherry Valley this morning.  Snow was expected across Otsego County this Thanksgiving Day, but less than a half-inch.  (Jim Kevlin/
Butler Road in Cherry Valley this morning. Snow was expected across Otsego County this Thanksgiving Day, but less than a half-inch. (Jim Kevlin/

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