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Schenectady county, city declare states of emergency

April Davarizand clears snow from her car on White Street Thursday, December 17, 2020.
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April Davarizand clears snow from her car on White Street Thursday, December 17, 2020.

Categories: News, Schenectady County

SCHENECTADY — Schenectady County and the city of Schenectady both declared weather related emergencies on Wednesday after the region saw around two feet of snow fall overnight.

Due to heavy snow, icing and drifting snow, travel is restricted to only essential personnel through Thursday morning. County officials saw road-clearing efforts were proceeding slowly, due to the volume of snow.

All county offices are closed except for the COVID-19 call center, which continues to operate, and all classes at SUNY-Schenectady are cancelled.

Meanwhile, in the city, Mayor Gary McCarthy declared a state of emergency in the city effective at 8 a.m. Wednesday and continuing for 24 hours.

No unnecessary vehicle use should occur and vehicles should stay off the streets for snow removal.

Garbage pickup is suspended, according to a release from city hall.

The towns of Glenville, Rotterdam and Niskayuna and village of Scotia have also declared emergencies due to the amount of snow that has fallen.

See the photos: Scenes from Capital Region snowstorm on Thursday, Dec. 17

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