Snow emergency declared in city of Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM –As another snow storm hits, with a possibility of up to 15 inches of the white stuff, Amsterdam police and Mayor Michael Villa have declared a snow emergency effective today at noon through 6 p.m. Thursday.

The snow emergency requires all motor vehicles be removed from city streets and remain off the streets until the snow emergency is lifted.

The National Weather Service is reporting there is a hazardous weather warning for the greater Capital District, including the Mohawk Valley, Saratoga and Glens Falls areas, Schoharie Valley, eastern Catskills and the mid Hudson Valley.

According to the NWS website, plan on very difficult travel conditions today, including during the evening commute. Snowfall rates are predicted to be 1 to 3 inches per hour this afternoon and evening.

In addition, there will be northerly winds gusting to 30 mph this afternoon and evening and may result in isolated power outages.

The NWS warns residents to be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.

“A winter storm warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible,” the website states. “If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.”

Amsterdam Police Chief Greg Culick said he anticipates this snow storm will be similar to the storm on Friday. He said that storm caused a lot of power outages.

“Have a back-up shelter just in case you do lose power,” Culick said. “It tends to get quite cold.”

Culick also recommended residents travel only if it is necessary and when driving on the roads to use caution.

He said the snow emergency is to get cars off the streets in order for the plows to be able to do their work.

“As snow banks increase, streets get narrower and narrower,” Culick said.

If residents have any questions or concerns can contact the Amsterdam Police Department at (518) 842-1100.

Parking lots residents can park their cars at include:

∫ Main Street (next to old Key Bank Building)

∫City Hall

∫Public Safety Building


∫ Church and Willow Street (Park and Ride Lot)

∫ Guy Park Avenue Ext. (Playground lot)

∫ Golf Course Lot

∫ Vet’s Field : Upper, Along Locust Avenue, Roosevelt Road and Road to Pool Building

∫ Post Office

∫ East Main and DeGraff (both lots)

∫ Between Vrooman and Lefferts (behind Neighborhood Center)

∫ Eagle and East Main Street

∫ Dean and East Main Street

∫ Morris Street lot — next to 17 Morris Street

∫ Grove Street — Eastern side only

∫ Prospect Street

∫ Milton Avenue between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue

∫ 47 Reid Street

∫ Clinton and Division Street

∫ Union Street (behind Brandt and McDonnell)

∫ Union and Orange Street

∫ Green and Mechanic Street (both sides)

∫ Chesnut and Lincoln Street (basketball court)

∫ Bunn and Thomas Street

∫ 197 Florida Ave.

∫ Minaville Street

∫ Bridge Street (next to bakery)