Winter weather hits area, a few accidents reported

Monday, December 05, 2016 - Updated: 10:21 AM


For The Recorder

Area residents experienced some slick conditions this morning and can expect winter weather for the remainder of the week.

In Amsterdam, Deputy Police Chief Victor Hugo said police have been responding to calls of accidents in the city. One-car accidents have been reported on Church Street, Grove Street and the Dutch Mart near Route 30. Hugo said there have been no serious injuries and the Department of Public Works and the State Department of Transportation are out clearing the roads.

"People just need to use caution," Hugo said. "It is kind of slippery snow. People just have to use common sense and leave a little earlier to get to their destinations so they can get their early and avoid collisions."

Lt. Burt Wilson, of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, said several cars slid off the road throughout the county this morning. There were no serious injuries and most of the accidents were on secondary roads. Wilson said although "the sliding" occurred all over, the accidents were mainly in the western portions of the county.

Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Jeff Smith said there were no major accidents during the early morning commute and if people take their time driving the conditions shouldn't be a problem.

Joe Billani, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service out of Albany, said between one and three inches of snow fell in Montgomery County this morning. The higher snowfall amounts, he explained, were toward Fulton County and into the Southern Adirondacks. Although the snow was expected to taper off within a few hours, temperatures below freezing caused untreated roads to be a little slick.

"There will be some more chances for snow," Billani said. "At this point I do not believe we have any big storms on the horizon."

He said snow showers are expected Tuesday into Wednesday night and potentially Thursday and Friday.

"It's definitely starting to look more wintery like in the next week," he said.

In the meantime, some area school experience delayed openings. The Greater Amsterdam School District and Fonda-Fultonville Central School District operated at normal times today, but the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District and Mayfield Central School District had two-hour delays.