Below Freezing Temperatures Continue

Check out the attached widget for more information on this weekend's weather.

Update, 4:30 p.m., Jan. 3: Don't let today's sun fool you, Westchester County residents should brace for bitterly cold temperatures throughout Friday into Saturday.

From the AccuWeather.com website:

Air blasting southward from eastern Canada on Friday will send temperatures down to their lowest levels since January 2009 in many locations from New England to part of the mid-Atlantic.

This includes temperatures dipping well below zero from northern Pennsylvania to the Hudson Valley of New York to southern New England, on northward into neighboring Canada. Cities that will plunge below zero Friday night include Boston, Hartford, Conn., and Scranton, Pa.

Lows in the single digits are forecast Saturday morning from Pittsburgh to Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City.

Warmer temperatures will begin to return on Sunday, with a high around 40-degrees.

Click here for local snow totals, and here for photos.

[Update, 9:15 a.m., Jan. 3] Some local businesses, including the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber, are closed today because of the snow. Others, like the Hendrick Hudson Free Library in Montrose, are opening late (as of 8 a.m., the library plans to open at noon). The Field Library in Peekskill is set to open at 1 p.m.

Visit our directory for phone numbers if you're looking to call ahead before you leave the house and make sure a business is open.

[Update, 11:30 p.m., Jan. 3]
Lakeland and Peekskill schools are closed Friday. The districts announced the news Thursday night. Hendrick Hudson schools are on recess until Monday.

The National Weather Service is calling for the snow to continue in Peekskill Friday until 10 a.m., and possibly into the afternoon. New daytime accumulation could be about an inch, and the high will be about 17-degrees, the agency predicts.

[Update, 6:45 p.m., Jan. 2] 
Interstate 84 and the New York State Thruway are closing at midnight, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced. Click here to read more about the decision.

[Update, 6:10 p.m., Jan. 2]
Peekskill city offices (non-essential) will run on a two-hour delay Friday, Jan. 3 because of the storm.

[Update, 3:50 p.m., Jan. 2]
Cortlandt Town Hall will open at noon on Friday , Jan. 3 because of the storm.

[Update, 3:35 p.m., Jan. 2]
 The Westchester County Health Department has released winter safety tips.

In the event of a power outage, report it directly to Con Ed or New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG). Here's the contact information:

  • ConEd power outage or gas and electrical service problems: 800-752-6633 or 800-75-CONED
  • NYSEG electricity power outage: 800-572-1131
  • NYSEG natural gas power outage: 800-572-1121
Click here for updated information and service alerts, or use Transportation QuickNews alerts, when it comes to Bee-Line buses and para-transit service. 

Click here to check the status of a Westchester County Airport flight. 

For non-emergency questions, call United Way's 2-1-1. The organization is working with all Westchester emergency departments to handle possible increases in calls. 

Here's some information from the US Postal Service:

Westchester District postal officials are reminding residents to include the mailbox in their snow removal routine since carriers depend on clear access for safe and timely mail delivery. 

When winter storms hit, letter carriers can be found on the front lines dealing with difficult conditions. Snow, ice, and wind gusts can be especially challenging. The Postal Service treats safety and service with equal priority and carriers will make every reasonable to deliver the mail.

For doorstep deliveries, painted porches and steps quickly grow hazardous. While salting and rubber-backed mats help, postal carriers rely on residents and business owners to clear the snow and ice. 

Residents who receive delivery to roadside mailboxes are also asked to keep the approach to, and exit from, the mailbox clear of snow, vehicles, trash cans, or other obstacles. The carrier needs to drive in, and then out, without leaving the vehicle. Ideally, the area near the mailbox should be cleared in a half-moon shape to give the carrier full visibility.

Customers with questions or comments about their mail service can call toll-free 1-800-ASK-USPS(1-800-275-8777) or send an e-mail to the Postal Service by clicking on Customer Service at the bottom of the Postal Service’s USPS.com homepage.

[Update, 11:25 a.m.,  Jan. 2] The Peekskill City School District has canceled all afternoon and evening activities.

State police are urging drivers to prepare for "slick, unpredictable roads." Some major highways be may shut down ahead of the storm, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced.

Check out our growing gallery of snow photos and share some here.

[Update, 10:35 a.m., Jan. 2] 
The National Weather Service predicts "widespread blowing snow" in Peekskill, accumulating four to eight inches overnight Thursday.

Hendrick Hudson schools are on recess today, but all activities in the district after noon are canceled. This includes out-of-district programs and athletics.

Lakeland schools are closed today. Here's what the district said on its website:

"Due to dangerous driving conditions caused from icy road surfaces the Lakeland Central School District is closed Thursday, January 2, 2014. All afternoon and evening activities are canceled, including Westchester Community College classes."

For the latest on weather for Cortlandt and Peekskill, check the NWS site and the above window. 

Taking snow photos? Share them in our community photo gallery. And don't forget to use #HudsonSnow2014 on your Instagram photos — we'd love to add them to our Patch gallery.

[Original post, published 11:30 a.m., Jan 1]
Bundle up, Cortlandt and Peekskill. Forecasts are calling for snow and below-freezing temperatures over the next couple of days.

The National Weather Service is predicting one to two inches of snow in Peekskill Thursday, and another three to seven that night.

New Year's Day looks clear, with a high of about 29-degrees. Light snow after 4 a.m. Thursday would likely leave less than a half inch on the ground.

One to two inches are possible during the daytime Thursday, when the high will be around 23-degrees, the agency predicts. At night temperatures will drop and a hit a low of about 12-degrees, with another three to seven inches hitting the ground. 

Friday could bring more flakes, most likely before noon. The high that day will be approximately 14-degrees, according to the NWS.

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