Snow storm causes no problems locally

Whitehall emerged unscathed from the first significant snowfall of the season.

Whitehall Police Chief Matt Dickinson said there were no significant issues in the village and the New York State Police didn’t report any car accidents during the storm, which began on Wednesday night and didn’t end until early Thursday evening.

The storm was the first significant snowfall in nearly two years, dropping about a half a foot of snow on the local region (points north received nearly twice that amount) and creating slick driving surfaces that were still being cleared on Friday morning. And the crews didn’t have much time to rest as Whitehall received another six inches of snow throughout the course of the day Saturday.

Don Williams, Village of Whitehall Superintendent of Public Works, said crews were out for nearly 21 hours during the first storm and 26 to 27 hours in the second storm.

He said employees didn’t encounter any significant problems.

“Everything went well,” Williams said. “I can’t praise the guys enough. They did a great job.”

Louie Pratt, Town of Whitehall Highway Superintendent, said he and his fellow employees climbed into their plow trucks at approximately 3 a.m. on Thursday and didn’t stop clearing snow until 6:30 p.m.

Pratt said everything went well and other than a few broken hoses on the trucks which had to repaired, there were no significant problems.

He said during a typical snow storm, each of his three employees is assigned specific areas of the town where they begin clearing snow. For instance, someone will start on Upper Turnpike Road and clear the roads in that area, another will start on Buckley before getting some of the back roads like Abair and Wade and another heads to the roads in the Hatch Hill area. Plowing all of the town’s roads can take up the better part of a day, depending on the severity of the storm.

Williams said the village uses three trucks during snow storm, which each assigned a specific area or run. He said each run takes approximately three and a half hours.

He said the village’s winter parking ban helps crews clear roads faster although he wants to encourage people to move their garbage cans further from the road during snow storms. He also cautioned people they could be ticketed if they blow or plow snow into the roadways without cleaning it up.

 

 

 

 

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