CORNING - In response to the National Weather Service issuing a Winter Storm Warning, local officials are preparing to address the potential of a major snow storm.
Steuben County Emergency Services Director Tim Marshall said he's expecting approximately 15 inches of snow from the storm from this afternoon through tomorrow.
“The most dangerous hours will be Saturday night into Sunday morning,” Marshall said. “If you must go out, call ahead and see if your destination is still open. Travel during the peak of the storm may be very difficult to impossible, so use caution.”
He noted that residents should not call 911 for road closure information. New York State’s 511 system at https://511ny.org will provide information on the condition of state routes.
County Manager Jack Wheeler said county road crews are prepared for the storm and will be working throughout the weekend to keep residents safe.
Officials said with bitter cold temperatures expected to follow the snowstorm, if you must go out, wear several layers of clothing and protect your lungs from the cold with a scarf or mask.
Marshall also suggested things that healthy, appropriately dressed residents can do to help their neighbors and public officials.
Check on elderly or mobility-impaired neighbors and assist them in gaining access to their home in case of an emergency.
“Clear snow from around fire hydrants in your neighborhood,” Marshall added. “Having clear access to fire hydrants during a fire emergency during the storm and its aftermath may possibly save a life.”
City of Corning officials wished to remind the public of the following:
- In general, city crews plow priority routes first and then secondary streets. In most cases, alleys and parking lots are plowed last.
- Do not pass plow trucks. This will improve safety and plowing efficiency.
- If you must drive, make sure all windows are cleared, your vehicle is in good operating condition, and you have tires with good tread for the conditions.
- Adherence to Street Parking Regulations is essential to enable the most efficient clearing of the streets.
- Park your cars in your driveway to make plowing operations more efficient.
- Police dispatchers do not coordinate plow operations and do not have additional information concerning the operational status of plowing. Please do not tie up emergency personnel and phone lines with general questions. Occasional city plowing updates can be found at www.cityofcorning.com.
“We ask for the public’s patience, as snowfall rates and limited resources can affect the city’s ability to rapidly clear snow,” said Corning City Manager Mark Ryckman. “Please limit your driving to essential trips and be safe.”