A Good Day to Stay Inside

First snow storm of 2010 expected to dump 6 to 12 inches on the area; no road or highway closures to report

It's time to grab that unfinished book, a mug of hot chocolate, and a warm blanket.

The first major snow storm of 2010 is hitting hard, with accumulations between 8 and 12 inches expected. A winter storm warning is in effect for the entire area until 6 a.m. Thursday, and people are being urged to stay off the roads if possible.

As of noon Wednesday, no road closures and two minor accidents had been reported in the Scarsdale area.

"Traffic is very light, so most people must have heeded the weatherman and stayed home," said Lt. Bryant Clark, spokesman for Scarsdale Police Department, at 1:00 p.m.

The Hutchinson River Parkway and Bronx River Parkway are both open, though most residents know that these roadways are best avoided in severe weather.

According to Eric Gerringer, Deputy Superintendent for Public Works in Scarsdale, 15 salt trucks were rolled out at 4 a.m. today, with three plows starting their work at 10 a.m.

"We will continue plowing until the snow ends, and then have a final salting to keep the roads from freezing," Gerringer said.

He added that residents can help the effort by staying off the road; if you have to drive, take it nice and slow.

The National Weather Service is predicting that sleet and rain will mix with the snow, causing slippery roads around the county. Heavy snow is expected through the late afternoon.

A dispatcher at Central Taxi, which dispatches from East Parkway in Scarsdale, said the cab service is not accepting out of town fares or time calls. He urged people who need a cab to call when they're ready, but warned that cars could take 30 minutes to arrive.

Bee Line Bus service is running with "scattered delays" but no special schedule. The Metro North Harlem Line, which includes the Scarsdale stop, is running on a storm schedule, which can be viewed at the following link (http://www.mta.info/mnr/html/planning/schedules/pdf/HarSTORM2010.pdf).

Trash pickup scheduled for today has been moved to tomorrow, and tomorrow's pickup will happen on Friday.

Village court is in session, but most of the cases have been adjourned until next week. Scarsdale officials braved the storm to meet at Village Hall for budget deliberations.



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