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Mount Vernon Commuters Slowed By Snowy Weather

A thin layer of snow blanketed Mount Vernon.
A thin layer of snow blanketed Mount Vernon.
Mount Vernon resident Edna O'Keefe said her trip to work took twice as long because of poor visibility, not road conditions.
Mount Vernon resident Edna O'Keefe said her trip to work took twice as long because of poor visibility, not road conditions. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Although Westchester County wasn’t hit as hard by the wintry mix that swept through the East Coast, bombarding certain cities with snow, Mount Vernon commuters reported weather-related delays in their commute to work.

Approximately two inches of snow fell in the county, but motorists reported slippery conditions on the road and delays while drivers took extra precaution with the precarious roads.

Shortly before the evening commute, the National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for the county, advising motorists of slick conditions on untreated roads and walkways.

“Following the light snowfall event across the region today, many roads and walkways are either wet or covered with snow and ice,” a special weather statement said. “With temperatures falling into the 20s this evening, any standing water or slush will re-freeze. Untreated roads and walkways will be especially slick.”

Edna O’Keefe, 62, said she travels to work in White Plains every morning around 6 a.m. She said that the trip usually takes up to 20 minutes, but today it took nearly double, even early in the morning.

“Honestly the roads weren’t too bad, but the visibility was pretty poor. There weren’t a ton of cars on the road, but those of us that were going to work were being careful,” she said. “When I came back [at around 2:30 p.m.], the roads were fine. The sun even poked through for a second.”

Neither the Metro-North Railroad nor the Westchester County Airport suffered any significant delays, though one flight to Chicago had to be cancelled due to the storm hitting Illinois, according to airport operations personnel.

According to the National Weather Service , the conditions should improve throughout the rest of the week. Temperatures are expected to hover near 30 degrees, with partly cloudy skies until Saturday, when there’s a chance of flurries.

“I think we got off pretty lucky, looking at some of the storms that hit other towns, especially over the weekend,” South Bond Street resident Paul Jackson said. “Hopefully we can have a mild winter for a change and not get slammed by [bad] weather.”

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