First major winter storms of 2017 drop more than a foot of snow on the area


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  • Photos by Roger Gavan It was also good news for children who took advantage of the excellent sleigh riding conditions in the Village of Warwick at Stanley-Deming Park. From left, Brandon Delamarter, 7, Kristin Villegas,8, and Gabriella Tuck, 8.




  • Maggan Gabor takes advantage of the snow cover in Veterans Memorial Park to enjoy an outing on her cross country skis.




  • It always helps to have a good winter coat.




  • Picturesque pond near summit of Mount Peter.




  • Leaving your car overnight at the Warwick Park and Ride has its drawbacks.



WARWICK — On Thursday, Feb. 9, one TV weatherman described this winter as "serene until now."

While it was not the first snowstorm of this winter that day, it was the first this year, dumping the most snow, a foot or more, so far this winter.

According to the National Weather Service the powerful winter storm affected the region with gusty winds, low temperatures and moderate to heavy snow, reducing visibility down to below a half mile at times.

The story was even different in the higher elevations.

Mount Peter Ski Area, for example, happily reported 14 inches of fresh snow that day and another three inches on Sunday, Feb. 12, which translated into an 17 to 55 inch base for skiers and snow boarders.

That was good news for people who enjoy winter sports and a welcome improvement over what had been a mild winter.

It was also good news for children who took advantage of the excellent sleigh riding conditions in the Village of Warwick at Stanley-Deming Park.

But the roads were soon cleared.

"Our DPW crews hit the roads at 4:30 just as the flakes began to fly," said Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton. "They fought through over three inches an hour of snow fall and blizzard conditions into the morning hours. By 2 p.m. the crews moped up and we kept several crews through the night to battle the drifting spots. Fortunately, most people heeded the warnings and stayed home. Our crews are the best."

- Roger Gavan




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