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.’
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.”
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.