(BROOME COUNTY, NY) Effective 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 Broome County Executive Jason Garnar has declared a state of emergency in preparation of the winter storm predicted to have high impact on our area Wednesday evening into Thursday morning. The decision was made in conjunction with Director of Emergency Services Director Michael Ponticiello and additional county partners.
The latest report from the National Weather Service indicates Broome County is expected to receive 12 to 18 inches of snowfall in this winter storm. The snow will create poor travel conditions as roads become snow covered and slippery. A no unnecessary travel order will be in place, going into effect on Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 at 9 p.m. and scheduled to be lifted on Thursday, December 17th, 2020 at 9 a.m. Broome County leaders will continue to monitor conditions and share any updates as needed.
The Broome County Office of Emergency Services is in regular communication with the NWS Binghamton to monitor the incoming storm and sharing that information with partner agencies and municipalities in Broome County.
The County DPW’s Highway Division’s crews are preparing the equipment such as checking sanders, plow and wing blades, lights, etc. All trucks will be fueled and potentially loaded prior to the arrival of snowfall. Crews are prepared to work overtime, if needed, to clear the roads.
Broome County Sheriff David Harder said his deputies will be out in full force patrolling the county. The Sheriff said if you must travel, make sure you allow extra time, at least ½ tank gas in your vehicle and a fully charged cell phone. In the event of an emergency, residents should call 911. If you are in an accident, stay in your vehicle and wait for help.
Broome County encourages residents to monitor the weather forecast and road conditions frequently. A helpful tool to stay informed is NY Alert. You can register at alert.ny.gov