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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Snowstorm skips Kingston, moves south – Daily Freeman

KINGSTON, N.Y. — By about 9 a.m. Tuesday, a snow emergency that had been in effect in the city was canceled, but city schools — and many other districts as well — had already delayed their openings or closed altogether in anticipation of a snow storm that barely materialized in much of Ulster County.

Little or no snow fell overnight in Ulster and Dutchess counties, according to the National Weather Service, which had earlier predicted regional snow totals of seven to 11 inches.

Meteorologist Brian Frugis at National Weather Service said Tuesday that Plattekill and Wallkill in southern Ulster County received 6.5 and 5.5 inches, respectively, and that parts of southern Dutchess County were hit with 4 to 7 inches of snow.

“So, the storm that’s ongoing right now is passing off the mid-Atlantic coast with some bands of snow on the northern side of the storm that extends from northern New Jersey and into parts of the Hudson Valley — mostly the lower Hudson Valley — and parts of Connecticut as well,” Frugis said. “So, there has been some snow. Just not in Kingston, which is really on the northern fringe and there hasn’t been any accumulation. But not too far away there has been some significant accumulation.”

Frugis said the Weather Services originally thought the storm would track “much further north” with snow across much of upstate New York and New England. “Then the storm track shifted further south across the New York City area and New Jersey, but the way the storm actually turned out, it looks like the heavy snow has been from across Connecticut and into parts of the lower Hudson Valley … also in the Poconos.”

“A lot of the projections in the past few days were based off the projection of where the storm would form and exactly where it would move. But, it really wasn’t until it actually developed and started moving that it actually turned out which areas got hit the hardest,” Frugis said. “There was always this idea that there would be a snowstorm somewhere and there would be a band of heavy snow. But, yeah, the exact placement was very uncertain and that’s why there were a changes in the forecast, because there was a lot of uncertainty as to where that band would fall.”

In Kingston, where the snow emergency was canceled Tuesday morning, trash and recycling was scheduled back to be picked up.

Looking forward, Frugis said there is a chance of snow showers Thursday night into early Friday morning when “a coating to an inch or so” is possible.

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