MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - With Mother Nature expected to drop up to as many as eight inches of snow on the Lower Hudson Valley this weekend, Mayor Richard Thomas wants residents to know Mount Vernon is ready for the winter storm.
On Thursday, Thomas laid out his plans for the community in the event the snow creates a mess in city streets, announcing that he would declare a snow emergency and institute emergency procedures if three or more inches accumulate, allowing for DPW crews to clear roadways.
When a snow emergency is announced, parking will be restricted on any street that has signage designating it as a “snow emergency route.” Any vehicles parked on that route during an emergency will be summonsed and towed at the owner’s expense. Otherwise parking restrictions on residential streets are lifted.
New to the Thomas regime will be the use of social media, allowing for residents to keep track and participate in the snow removal process in real time.
“Residents are urged to travel only when necessary during a snow emergency. Cooperation is needed and much appreciated to keep the public safe and facilitate an orderly removal of snow,” he stated. “More information will be available on the city’s website or by calling (914) 665-2460. On social media, use #MVReady to follow and participate in real time information on snow removal in your neighborhood.
#MVReady is going to be our way of curating a conversation between us and the public that will enable us to know what's going on, all in one place."
According to the National Weather Service , there is a 90 percent chance of three to five inches of snow accumulating on Saturday afternoon, with winds upwards of 35 mph. On Saturday night, another one to three inches are anticipated, with temperatures dropping near 20 degrees.
Things should start to thaw on Sunday, with temperatures nearing 40 degrees. A winter storm watch will be in effect beginning Saturday morning and extending through Sunday afternoon. The worst of the storm is expected to hit northeastern New Jersey, with the lowest over northern portions of the Lower Hudson Valley.
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