Warwick still digging out after winter storm Stella

Snow accumulations from 18 to 25 inches reported across the town


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  • Photo by Roger Gavan In the Village of Warwick normal parking on Wednesday was almost non-existent with piles of snow banked against the meters and available spaces limited in parking areas.




  • Photo by Roger Gavan Many of the businesses simply remained closed.




  • Photo by Roger Gavan Bob Barnett said he just wished that he had bought a better snow blower.




  • Photo by Robert G. Breese Snow piled high near the Clock Tower in CVS parking lot in the Village of Warwick.




  • Photo by Ed Bailey Heidi Mauler shovels the 20 inches of snow in her backyard in Greenwood Lake following the snow storm.



By Roger Gavan

— Is the expression "In like a lion, out like a lamb," or is it backwards.

The beginning of March was spring-like but that all ended on Tuesday, March 14, with winter storm Stella.

Anticipating gusts up to 40 mph the National Weather Service had issued a blizzard warning for Orange County, which declared a state of emergency from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The following day the government agency reported that Warwick had received 19 inches of fresh snow.

However, it was much worse in the higher elevations and the blustery conditions added to the problem as blown snow buried cars, mailboxes, staircases and driveways.

Mt. Peter Ski Area, for example, reported 25 inches of new snow on top of an already good base. That was good news for Sunday's annual Spring Rally.

200 miles of roads to clear"This was a huge storm that with over 200 miles of roads to clear presented a real challenge," said Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton. "Our Department of Public works put in over 20 hours during the storm and we were back at it at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning to ensure our roads were safe.

" We are grateful to the men and women of the department for a job well done," the supervisor added. "I also want to thank the public who heeded our calls to stay off the roads so we could get them clear."

No place to parkIn the Village of Warwick normal parking on Wednesday was almost non-existent with piles of snow banked against the meters and available spaces limited in parking areas.

Many of the businesses simply remained closed.

"I've encountered many storms over the years and this was one of the fiercest as far as speed and accumulation," said Mayor Michael Newhard. "Blinding snow was coming down at a rate of three to four inches per hour, which made it difficult to keep roads clear. Our men did an excellent job at keeping up with the storm and insuring early morning commuters could get on the road. We received a good 18 inches of snow before drifting.

"The challenge, when you have this much accumulation, is clearing not only neighborhoods but downtown to open up parking so that normal business can resume," the mayor added. "DPW Supervisor Mike Moser's strategy and continual efforts with his men will complete a thorough clean up in the next few days. This was a difficult storm and I'm grateful to Mike and our men for such tenacity and work well done."




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