CORTLANDT, N.Y. - As the winter storm labeled "Nemo" marches toward Cortlandt, the town is preparing to have snow plows on the road from Thursday evening until Saturday morning.
"I think it'll be a relatively long storm compared to others we've dealt with recently," said Jeff Coleman, director of Cortlandt's Department of Environmental Services, which includes the Highway Department. Coleman noted that the storm is forecast, "to end sometime Saturday morning, but [we'll] be working all through the day and night Friday."
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch just before 6:30 a.m., Thursday, after some debate about how severely the storm could impact the northeast. Currently, forecasters predict between 10 and 14 inches of snow and a trace of ice could fall on northern Westchester County, and surrounding counties. Winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour are predicted, with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour.
The most intense part of the storm is expected to hit Friday afternoon into Saturday morning, although the winter storm watch covers from Thursday until Saturday morning.
Additionally, the NWS winter storm watch notes "near blizzard conditions" which could "down some tree limbs and cause, "scattered power outages." The NWS wrote that driving conditions would be "dangerous."
Coleman said the town will not set up a 24-hour emergency center at Cortlandt Town Hall unless large portions of the town begin to lose power. Coleman said he doesn't expect large portions of the town to lose power, but the municipality is nevertheless conferencing with Con Edison on Thursday afternoon.
Despite the intensity of the predicted winter storm, Coleman said the approximately $600,000 snow plow budget for the Town of Cortlandt show remains on target.
"If we had a couple of them in a row we might start having some concern, but you're apt to have one or two of these storms a year anyway, so it's normal," said Coleman. "It is winter," he added.