Officials Warn Families To Stay Inside This Weekend With Impending Snow

By: Zachary Meseck

CHENANGO COUNTY – Chenango County's Fire Bureau and Emergency Operation's center are warning individuals to stay at home this weekend with estimates of over a foot of snow to hit the county on Saturday.

According to Chenango County Emergency Operations Center Chief Dispatcher A. Wesley Jones, Chenango County may receive between 12 and 20 inches of snow over the weekend, with 30 mile per hour winds causing snow drifts throughout Sunday.

"It’s probably going to be one of the higher end storms we’ve seen in awhile, and one of the biggest concerns is going to be the drifting of the snow along with wind chill," said Jones. "People should avoid driving if at all possible."

According to Chenango County Fire Bureau Coordinator Matthew Beckwith, winter storms like the one Chenango County may receive create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion.

"One of the real hurdles we have is the amount of traffic on the roadways," said Beckwith. "Plow drivers continually have difficulty clearing the roadways when there is an increase in traffic, along with abandoned, stuck, or parked vehicles on the roadways because driveways are not cleared."

He said the Chenango County Bureau of Fire recommends individuals staying off of the roads, stay indoors, dress warmly, and prepare for possible power outages.



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