WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Many residents in southern Westchester claimed to be caught off guard by the dumping of snow they received on Monday, but vowed to be more prepared for Mother Nature’s wrath the second time around, as another wave of winter weather marches toward the area.
On Monday, schools were closed, commutes were slowed to a halt and residents plodded through their neighborhoods after as many as nine inches fell overnight in the county. Another winter storm warning has been issued for Wednesday, when another four to eight inches are expected.
“I don’t know if it was just because we got caught up in the attention of the Super Bowl (on Sunday night), but we were totally unprepared for the amount of snow we got. I thought maybe an inch or two at most, not another storm,” Jon Lewis said while shoveling his car out in New Rochelle on Monday.
According to the National Weather Service, Wednesday will see snow, freezing rain and sleet before noon, with additional snow and rain in the afternoon. As much as .2 inches of ice may accumulate over that period, causing hazardous conditions on roadways. The winter weather may continue into the night, before the sun reemerges on Thursday.
Pre-emptive plows, sanding and salting vehicles could be seen throughout the county on Tuesday as elected officials and private citizens alike braced for the worst.
“Right when you think we catch a break because no hurricane came and caused destruction, now we’re getting these crazy snow storms every other week,” Mount Vernon resident Janae Briggs said on Tuesday. “And we have a few more weeks if that groundhog is right.”
In Eastchester, shoppers flocked to Stop and Shop and gas stations in an effort to stock up on essential provisions before the storm hit the area on Tuesday night and paralyzed roadways. On Monday alone, accidents were reported on each of the county’s major parkways, as well as I-287, I-684 and I-95.
Tuckahoe resident Daryl Wilkins was one such shopper. He said that on Monday he attempted to go out on the roads, only to find his Subaru sliding all over the road. For the second storm, he vowed to stock up and hunker down this time around.
“It was absolutely brutal. I don’t think anyone expected it to get quite as bad as it was, but it was scary to just slip and slide like I was,” he said. “I learned my lesson. If it’s as bad as they’re saying, I’ve got my groceries, and I’ll just have to do my work from the comforts of my living room.”