With 1 to 2-feet of snow projected for parts of the area this weekend (January 19 – 20, 2019), chances are good that there are going to be lots of event cancellations. If you have plans to attend anything this weekend, check with the organizer, venue, etc before heading out.
If we do get as much snow as the forecasts are projecting, be safe and stay off the roads unless you absolutely must go out.
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Columbia County 911 Communications Department is a great resource for finding out about emergencies in the county. The Columbia County 911 Department is the lifeline between residents and emergency responders. The department is involved with far more than dispatching responders.
Here is some info from the department’s site:
“There are a whole host of functions we are responsible for, that many people don’t realize. The Columbia County 911 Department is the official National Weather Service warning point for the County. Dispatchers are responsible for monitoring severe weather outbreaks and warning emergency response personnel of threatening weather situations. Our staff disseminates severe weather bulletins via the radio, text notification and our social media pages. During Hurricane Irene, our department spent countless hours at an elevated level of readiness, responding to hundreds of calls for service and serious, potentially life threatening, situations”.
CodeRed – The CodeRED Emergency Notification System is a fast communication service allowing Columbia County to notify citizens of an emergency situation. It enables County emergency services to provide mass notification quickly and easily. This service is free to all Columbia County residents and businesses.
To receive CodeRED and Weather Warning Calls, go to the CodeRED Registration Page and complete the Community Notification Enrollment form.
I’ve heard from several life-long residents of Columbia County who have said that they can’t remember a winter with more snow than what we have had this year. It looks like those memories serve them well because the CW15 reported this morning that the combined snow for January and February was the most on record with 64.5 inches in the Albany area. For those of us in the higher elevations that number is likely to be significantly higher.
We aren’t out of this snowy mess yet with more snow arriving today. At least we can safely say we are closer to the end of snow season than we are the beginning (I hope).