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Mayor Foster, Officials Urge City Residents to Heed Caution as Powerful Winter Storm Arrives

CITY OF PEEKSKILL UNDER WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 6AM DECEMBER, 27, 2012

RESIDENTS URGED TO KEEP OFF ROADS, CHECK ON ELDERLY NEIGHBORS, AND SECURE GARBAGE CANS, HOLIDAY DECORATIONS, AND OTHER OUTDOOR ITEMS

(Peekskill, New York)……………..As a powerful winter storm takes aim at the Northeast, The City of Peekskill urges residents to heed caution and make necessary preparations. The strong Nor’easter that hit the city late this afternoon, will bring high winds and a few slippery inches of snow and ice before changing to all rain overnight.  Crews are out clearing roads and sidewalks and additional public safety personnel are on standby.

“In addition to creating hazardous travel conditions, this storm is expected to bring heavy winds to Peekskill that could down tree limbs and cause widespread power outages in the region,” says Mary F. Foster, Mayor of the City of Peekskill.  “We’re urging residents to secure trash cans, holiday decorations, and other outdoor items to prevent damage and injury,” she notes.

At 1:00 p.m. today, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory lasting through 6:00 a.m. Thursday for Northern Westchester County calling for snow and ice this evening through late tonight with snow accumulating to 2 to 4 inches and about a tenth of an inch of ice.  Sustained winds are projected to be between 20 and 30 M.P.H. with strong gusts up to 50 M.P.H.  The advisory also warns that snow and ice accumulations will make for dangerous travel into Thursday morning and that strong winds could down ice-covered tree limbs, power lines, and holiday decorations and cause minor damage and power outages.

“We urge motorists to limit travel and for residents to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly as overnight temperatures will be near freezing.  In the event of an emergency, please call 9-1-1,” says Mayor Foster.

For updates from the city throughout the storm, please tune in to local media or follow the City’s Twitter feed at Twitter.com/cityofpeekskill (@CityOfPeekskill).

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