Wintry mix and high winds causes vehicle crashes and power outages
MOHAWK VALLEY — Heavy snow and wind caused several issues throughout Hamilton, Fulton and Montgomery counties on Friday, including cars going off roads, fender benders, trees and wires down and one fatal motor vehicle accident.
State Police Troop G Information Officer Kerra Burns said at 10 a.m. Friday, troopers responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a car and a tractor trailer motor vehicle accident on Route 30 south of Woods Hollow Road in the town of Mayfield. The driver of the car was killed in the collision.
“The circumstances of the investigation are under investigation,” Burns said.
She said more information regarding the crash will soon be released.
Throughout the day on Friday, a mixture of heavy snow and rain accumulated throughout the day, and high winds picked up later into the night.
National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Thompson said the worst the storm occurred during the afternoon as areas in Fulton and Montgomery counties saw four to eight inches of snow fall. He said winds picked up as the snow began taper off. Temperatures got as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday.
“It’s awful,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Jeff Smith. “It’s been absolute chaos since 12:30 p.m.”
Smith said extra dispatchers were on duty, as there were tractor trailers, cars and trucks going off roads, getting stuck and bumping into other vehicles. Some roads had to be closed temporarily throughout the day while tow trucks removed vehicles that went off the roads. By 4 p.m. Friday all roads were reopened in Montgomery County.
He said there had been no serious accidents in Montgomery County
“We’re encouraging people to stay off roads. Always look where you are in case you need to call 911,” Smith said.
Smith said there weren’t any trees or wires down as of 2 p.m. on Friday. In Fulton County however, reports came from Broadalbin, Caroga and Mayfield that there were trees down due to heavy snow, Fulton County Fire Coordinator Steve Santa Maria said.
“It’s very slippery,” Santa Maria said.
As of 9 p.m. Friday there were 2,412 customers without power in Northampton and over into the town of Edinburg in Saratoga County, according to the National Grid Power Outage Map. The town of Caroga had 89 customers without power, mainly on the Canada Lake side of Route 29A. The town of Mayfield had 68 customers in the dark, the towns of Bleecker and Benson had a combined 57, and there were 66 affected customers in the area around Route 10A near Rockwood State Forest. The towns of Glen and Charleston had a combined 71 homes and businesses without power.
There were a number of smaller outages reported in Gloversville, Perth, Hagaman and Mohawk.
In Hamilton County, 1,620 were without power in Lake Pleasant, Speculator, Piseco and Higgins Bay. The area around Gilmantown had 64 reported outages.
Santa Maria cautioned anyone who didn’t have to travel to stay home due to the poor road conditions along with high winds which will cause further dangerous conditions.
Thompson said winds were expected to reach 40 to 50 miles per hour a times on Friday.
Thompson said high winds can cause “wires to go down and can bring down trees and branches especially with snow and ice and can cause snow to drift and reduce visibility.”
“People traveling should use caution and expect poor conditions,” Thompson said.
Santa Maria said fire departments have been “very busy” with cars off the roads and with assisting the fatal accident. Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino said there were several cars off the roads on Friday and a serious accident that occurred in Ephratah. He said the driver was sent to the hospital and was awake and alert.
Santa Maria also advised drivers to use extra caution when traveling and to stay home if they did not need to travel.