YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown police, town and school officials met Thursday night in anticipation of winter storm Nemo and the message to residents was clear - stay off the roads.
"Everybody’s got to do their part," said Supervisor Michael Grace. "We rely on you; you rely on us. To the extent that you can stay off the roads, please stay off the roads."
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch just before 6:30 a.m. Thursday after some debate about how severely the storm could impact the northeast. As of Thursday night, forecasters predicted between 10 and 14 inches of snow and a trace of ice could fall on northern Westchester and surrounding counties. Winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour were predicted, with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour.
Highway Department Superintendent Eric DiBartolo said his crew will have 94 trucks salting and plowing the roads, but asked for patience because even his drivers won't be able to operate if the snow falls at two to three inches per hour.
The most intense part of the storm is expected to hit Friday afternoon into Saturday morning, although the winter storm watch covers from Thursday until Saturday morning.
"If we get the accumulations that they're predicting. It’s likely that ourselves and the Highway Department will declare a snow emergency," said Police Chief Daniel McMahon.
During a snow emergency, vehicles must have snow tires or chains while driving on the road. McMahon also warned against leaving vehicles parked in roadways, even if it's in front of a residence.
"If a snow emergency is declared, we will have tow trucks removing them from the roadway without the owner’s permission," he said.
Grace said the town may have to declare a state of emergency, in which case drivers should avoid being on the road unless it's an emergency.
"We’re hopeful that it will just be snow and it will be plowed and we’ll all be back Sunday with 45 degree and sunny weather," Grace said. "We’re hoping for the best and preparing for the worst, and we need your cooperation."
Check back with The Yorktown Daily Voice for additional information on this weekend's snowstorm.