March 15, 2017
BATH, NY – From the Steuben County Office of Emergency Services FB Page:
Update 03/15/2017 12:00
BATH — Steuben County continues a Travel Advisory recommending no unnecessary travel in Steuben.
County Emergency Manager, Tim Marshall reports that the County has received a widespread snow of 10-13 inches. Marshall says “our National Weather Service Skywarn trained spotters have been taking measurements of the snow since the storm began. They have reported anywhere from ten to thirteen inches of snow across the county.” Marshall advises that lake effect snow and winds will picked up again this afternoon and the county will continue to see sustained winds of 15 to 25mph with gusts up to 35 mph through Wednesday evening. “The increase in winds will cause significant blowing and drifting of snow with near whiteout conditions at time. New snowfall amounts will be light with only 1-3 inches for the remainder of the day,” he said. County highway crews are out and operating, but the blowing and drifting snow has been problematic in higher elevations in open spaces more specifically in the Northern portion of the County.
“As we continue to clean up from the storm we are continuing to advise motorists to use caution while traveling throughout the day,” county Sheriff Jim Allard said, Wednesday morning. “If you must travel today use caution, slow down and leave plenty of time to reach your destination,” Allard said. “We want to give our plow operators ample time to get the roadways clear and passable.” Allard said, “roadways are snow covered but passable, however strong winds have caused significant blowing and drifting of snow, so again, use caution.”
County officials urge residents to call ahead to make sure destinations are still open, be prepared for delays while traveling.
Steuben officials will continue to monitor this storm and keep residents updated with conditions on their social media pages as well as with press releases to local media outlets. Residents are also urged not to call 911 for information, 911 is for emergency calls only. For statewide travel conditions call 511, or visit http://www.511ny.org/