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Albany County Executive Advises Residents on Safe Travel During Snow Storm

1/2/2014 12:02:08 PM

In light of heavy snow and frigid temperatures forecast for the next 24-36 hours, County Executive Daniel P. McCoy is advising county residents to use extreme caution while driving on county roadways.

The county Department of Public Works has between 20-25 plow trucks among the seven subdivisions throughout the county and personnel are scheduled and working 24-hour shifts for the season. Crews are working to keep the roads clear but with temperatures in the single digits snow removal can be difficult.  County DPW crews are responsible for plowing more than 400 miles of roads in the county.

“This snow and extreme cold can be deadly,” said McCoy. “Drivers need to exercise extreme caution on the roadways and if you don’t need to travel, we advise that you don’t. If you do venture out, please remember to clear your car of snow for better visibility. Our team is experienced and they are doing a good job keeping the roads clear.”

Winter storm conditions are expected to continue through Friday morning with low temperatures dipping down below zero. Governor Andrew Cuomo has activated the State Emergency Operations Center to monitor the storm impacting the area.

Drivers should adjust speed for road conditions and equip your car with emergency supplies including sand, a shovel, booster cables and an ice scraper. If you do become snowbound, do not leave your vehicle.

Several municipalities have issued snow emergencies. Please check with your locality to determine if parking restrictions are in effect.       

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