News of Otsego County


Multiple Power Outages Following April Snowstorm

Multiple Power Outages
Following April Snowstorm

Officer Ross and Corporal Hellman in their police cruiser display the current map of power outages in Otsego County.

Multiple power outages have been reported through out Otsego County due to Monday nights snow storm. The heavy and wet snow of this spring storm has brought down many tree branches through out the county, several in the Village of Cooperstown where Chestnut Street remains closed to traffic.

There is not a current number on how many power lines were impacted by the storm according to Corporal Hellman of the Cooperstown Village Police Department. NYSEG lists 13,303 customers as being without power as of 2:05 p.m. today (Tuesday, April 19). Get the updated number by clicking HERE.

Corporal Hellman said ‘there is no discernable timeline as of yet to when power will be restored.’

Fake Spring

Enjoy it while it’s here!

Monday afternoon brought temperatures in the mid-50s for Cooperstown, with The Weather Channel calling for two more days of comparatively balmy weather for us here in Otsego County. Nature is a cruel tease, though — it must be time for our annual ‘fake Spring’ because the same Weather Channel says we could have up to five inches of snow on the way come Friday.

Ice Harvest Festival at Hanford Mills Museum cancelled

Ice Harvest Festival at Hanford Mills Museum cancelled

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



Opinion by Jim Kevlin: From Cooperstown to Tempe

Opinion by Jim Kevlin
From Cooperstown to Tempe

The heat in the Phoenix area was our greatest fear, and summertime highs of 120+ need to be respected: Drink a lot of water, wear a straw cowboy hat, and stay in the shade.

If you’re retired, perfect. Do what needs to be done in the early hours (8-to-10-ish), stay inside during the day, then emerge again in late afternoon.

(Another benefit of retirement: Stay off the highways during rush hour. Otherwise, it takes us 15-20 minutes to get anywhere we want to go.)

Today, Sunday, Aug. 24, it’s 84 degrees, very pleasant.

After Balmy Weekend, Winter Returns Today

After Balmy Weekend,

Winter Returns Today

After a weekend with highs in the upper 40s, winter returns to Otsego County this evening, with temperatures dropping to 27 by 5 p.m., and — driven by gusts over 40 mph — wind chill is expected to drop to minus 9.

Here’s the last report for Otsego County from the National Weather Service in Bingham:

Dark Skies Over Cooperstown

Dark Skies Over Cooperstown

At this hour, a severe thunderstorm is on it’s way from Exeter to Cooperstown, bringing 70 mph winds and the possibility of quarter-sized hail. The county was under a tornado watch until 3:45 p.m., with no weather-related issues, according to Rob O’Brian, Otsego County 911 director, but the strong thunderstorm warning remains in effect for Northeastern Otsego, including Middlefield, Cooperstown, Westville, Springfield, Burlington, Westford, Cherry Valley, Bowerstown, Exeter Center and Oaksville, until 4:30 p.m.
Just In Case!

Just In Case!

Yesterday was the warmest day of the year so far, but this Cherry Valley driver was of the mind:  You just never know (around here, you don’t).   For now, fear not: the AllOTSEGO  weather forecast says it’s supposed to be sunny and up to 65 Monday.  ( photo)
As Storm Warning Issued, Milford Is First To React

As Storm Warning Issued,

Milford Is First To React

Light snow has started falling in Cooperstown. (

The Village of Milford has been the first municipality to act after the National Weather Service issued a Storm Warning for Otsego County from 5 p.m. today through 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The Weather Service expects accumulations of 2-5 inches of heavy snow in the valleys and 5-10 inches over the higher terrain. Winds gusting as high as 30 mph.

Snow, which is light in Cooperstown, will continue at a rate of 1 inch per hour this afternoon with 1 and 2 inches per hour tonight and Wednesday morning.  Snow will taper in intensity Wednesday afternoon.

Sub-Zero Weather On Its Way

Sub-Zero Weather On Its Way

4 year old Abram Wyckoff of Cooperstown pushes snow off of the sidewalk in front of his family’s Delaware St. home. Wyckoff worked diligently alongside his mother to clear all of the snow.

By PARKER FISH• Special to

With such an eventful year coming to an end, 2017 is making sure it goes out with one last surprise. Thanks to a low pressure system swooping down from our neighbors to the north, Otsego County residents should prepare for the coldest temperatures of the season leading up to New Years.

“We should expect a prolonged period of very cold and dry air,” says local weather expert David Mattice. “It’s an arctic blast behind the cold front that came through during Christmas.”

Unadilla Flooding Predicted By NWS


Unadilla Flooding

Predicted By NWS

Water was pouring across Route 28 at Dog Wild, Hartwick Seminary, this afternoon, slowing traffic. But the largest threat was predicted from the Susquehanna at Unadilla. (Jim Kevlin/

Caution Urged Around Otsego County

The National Weather Service in Binghamton at 3:54 p.m. issued a flood warning for the Susquehanna River at Unadilla until Saturday afternoon.

At 6:11 p.m. the NWS urged caution on predicting “urban and small stream flooding” at Oneonta, Sidney, Worcester, Middlefield, Hartwick, Maryland, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Westville and other points around the county until 8:45 p.m. Rainfall up to ¼-inch an hour was expected.

Online Poll 02.05.16

Online Poll


Flowers Blossom In Spring

Flowers Blossom With Spring

As the flowers blossom, we are in a stretch of warm weather throughout this week. Highs of 70's and lows of 40's are expected through Friday. (Grace Cotten/
As the flowers blossom, we are in a stretch of warm weather throughout this week. Highs of 70’s and lows of 40’s are expected through Friday. (Grace Cotten/
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