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Winter Storm Slams Scarsdale, Knocks Out Power

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – An freak October snowstorm slammed Scarsdale Saturday, with heavy, wet snow ripping limbs from trees and tearing down power and telephone wires. Streets in Scarsdale turned into mazes, with motorists – lots of them around 5 p.m. – dodging the downed branches and each other.

Mayor Miriam Levitt-Flisser issued the following statement:

"Scarsdale is experiencing severely hazardous road conditions due to icy road surfaces and low lying and fallen limbs. There are approximately 70 locations with fallen limbs blocking streets; and electrical wires are involved in about half of those.

"The Village has had a full plowing operation (40 people) activated since about 1:30 p.m.

"Coordination with police, fire and ambulance services has been necessary to secure areas with downed electrical lines. Volunteer fire personnel are on scene at these hazardous locations. Police have been held over at the end of their tour of duty, and an Emergency Operations Center is functioning.

"Residents are advised to avoid driving unless absolutely necessary, and to drive very slowly with their lights on, to avoid becoming entangled in downed branches. Residents are also reminded to call (914) 722-1200 (police non-emergency line) for non-emergency information, and to call 911 in case of emergency."

According to the Con Ed website, dozens of Scarsdale customers were without power about 6:45 p.m.

According to the National Weather Service Winter Storm Warning issued at 4:27 p.m., total accumulation was expected to reach 6 to 10 inches, with snow continuing Saturday night and into early Sunday. Gusts as high as 50 mph were expect during the storm. Sunday is expected to be cludy until midday, with gradual clearing and wind between 15 to 18 mph, with gusts near 39 mph.

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