Wednesday’s snowstorm left more than 100,000 Hudson Valley residents without power. The hardest-hit areas included Dutchess and Ulster Counties, and Central Hudson Gas & Electric customers numbered about 45,000 of the estimated total.
Tens of thousands of Hudson Valley residents were without power Thanksgiving morning following Wednesday’s snowstorm that dumped a foot in some places. And many could be without lights until the weekend.
The first major winter storm of the season is hitting the region this hour on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Snow already covers the ground in some regions while other areas are just starting to see the changeover from rain and sleet at this hour.
Travelers looking to get out of town for Thanksgiving usually face heavy traffic, but this year, weather is the wildcard. Meteorologist Luigi Meccariello is with the National Weather Service out of Albany.
Road crews across the region were out early this morning to try to keep ahead of heavy snowfall as the biggest snowstorm in nearly two years hit the region.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation had its snowplow crews out early Thursday morning as the snowflakes began to fall and have kept most major roads in the state passable. Vermont Agency of Transportation Director of Operations Scott Rogers says the storm is what they would expect for a significant snowfall event.