Winter storm hits Lower Hudson Valley

A winter storm system could bring as much as 6 to 9 inches by Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

A winter storm warning is in effect from 1 a.m. Tuesday to 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to the weather service.

Between midnight and 2 p.m., there is a chance of up to 9 inches of snow, with wind chills making the temperature between 20 and 25 degrees. It is expected to be partly cloudy after 6 p.m. Thursday.

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The National Weather Service said coastal communities could see heavier snowfall and the risk of flooding.

Schools in the Lower Hudson Valley, including Yonkers schools, had begun announcing Tuesday snow days as early as Monday afternoon.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said during a briefing Monday that Westchester County police will have additional patrols and emergency services on call Tuesday, as well as additional personnel from ConEdison and NYSEG. Latimer declared a state of emergency in Westchester Monday evening.

He said residents should stock up on food and other supplies to avoid ending up on the roads in dangerous conditions. He also urged residents to stay away from the cold, especially the elderly and children, who are most at risk of health risks caused by low temperatures, such as frostbite and hypothermia.

“We’re New Yorkers. We’ve been through many winters before. It’s not new, but the bottom line is we still have to prepare for it,” Latimer said.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Highway Superintendent Skip Vezzetti said in a news release Monday that county residents should stay off the roads, remain vigilant and prepared for emergencies .

“The key to keeping our roads clear is to keep as many cars off them as possible during the storm,” Day said.

Orange & Rockland Utilities said in a news release Sunday that it has begun preparations to mobilize its emergency response personnel to repair potential damage and restore…

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