- MAP: Our current snowfall (refreshes every 6 minutes)
- Storm: What's open and closed in Croton and Ossining
- Town of Ossining website
- Village of Ossining website
- Village of Croton website
- PHOTOS: Add your Snow Pics Here!
- State DOT: Traffic and transit conditions
Update, 3 p.m. Feb. 8
New York State police issued a travel advisory advising residents to stay off the roads. Click here for details.
Justin Thyme Cafe in Croton closed for the day.
Is your business adjusting hours this weekend because of the storm and impending cleanup? Post them in the comments below.
Update, Noon, Feb. 8:
The Ossining Library annouced weekend hours: "Due to the inclement weather the library will be closed as of 12 noon today, Feb. 8! The library will also be CLOSED tomorrow Saturday, Feb. 9! Stay safe and warm! Our favorite way to pass the time during a blizzard? Reading a good book and drinking a cup of hot chocolate!"
The Croton Library: "We are closing today at 1:00 p.m. due to the snow.
We expect to be closed tomorrow. Call us at 271-6612 to see if we’re open."
Update, 9 a.m. Feb. 8: Folks were out and about all morning doing chores, grabbing supplies and getting something to eat. At Bagels on Hudson, owner Debbie Liaskos said business had been steady all morning.
"It's been a little bit busier than normal but not crazy," she said. "Wait till later," muttered her sister, Kim Peterson.
Historic storm or not, they doubt this will come close to Sandy, when most of the village was out of power for a week and everyone came by constantly for hot food and a charge.
Croton resident Karen Pasternak mulled over her morning shopping list before heading home as the first flurries fell. "Bank, bagels, gas—that's it," she said. "Thank god for technology. It makes all this crazy weather a lot more tolerable."
Traveling: Metro North will put on more trains in early afternoon, changing the evening rush-hour schedule. Read more here.
Forecast 3:54 AM: NWS calls it "a major even historic snowstorm. A low pressure zone moving across the United States from California is meeting a low pressure zone coming up the East Coast. "As the systems merge, conditions will deteriorate," says the NWS. The storm should start to move away Saturday.
Forecast 10:54PM: Winter Storm Warning from 7 a.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Saturday as the heavy rain coming from the south meets the snow coming from the west. At the moment northern Westchester is outside the blizzard forecasted by the National Weather Service. Still, snow could be more than a foot in Croton and Ossining. High winds, low visibility, heavy snowfall will make travel hazardous.
Schools, Update, 6:40 a.m, Feb 8:
Croton-Harmon schools are dismissing early Friday due to the storm. Check here for early dismissal times.
As of 8:45 p.m., Ossining school district officials called an early dismissal tomorrow. AMD and OHS will be dismissed at 10:35 am and all Elementary Schools at 11:20 am. There will be no PM Pre-k.
State Police warn of probable road closings on the Taconic and elsewhere: In preparation for the impending snowstorm, the New York State Police in Troop “K” are advising motorists in the Hudson Valley region to refrain from all unnecessary travel on Friday February 8, 2013.
Historically, snow storms of this predicted magnitude have resulted in road closures and motorists becoming stranded on the highways. It is anticipated that travel conditions will deteriorate rapidly beginning in the late morning and continuing into the evening hours. Sporadic closures of sections of I-84, the Taconic State Parkway and I-684 throughout the day are anticipated. All vehicular traffic, particularly commercial motor vehicles, are advised to avoid these roadways. All vehicles abandoned on the roadway will be subject to immediate impoundment.
Public Transportation updates: Westchester County's website provides these helpful links: For the latest on Bee-Line bus and para-transit service, check for updated information and service alerts. Another way to stay connected is to subscribe to Transportation QuickNews alerts.
Check out cancellations and postponements—and add more here.
Forecasts: Feb. 7—The National Weather Service's 4 p.m. Winter Storm Warning predicts heavy snow starting Friday morning: up to 16 inches, with high winds and poor visibility. "ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD... AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY."
Also check out Patch's WeatherBug here.