SARATOGA SPRINGS — The city of Saratoga Springs on Tuesday joined some others, including Amsterdam, in declaring a snow emergency ahead of Wednesday's predicted snowstorm.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged New Yorkers to prepare for hazardous winter weather and to use caution when traveling Wednesday, particularly during morning and evening commutes.
About 8 to 12 inches of snow is expected to fall on the Capital Region.
The National Weather Service has issued winter storm advisories, watches and warnings for much of the state through Wednesday night.
"We are taking action, readying equipment and will be deploying resources in advance of the storm to ensure we are keeping roads open and our citizens safe," Cuomo said in a prepared statement. "I ask all New Yorkers to stay informed, monitor your local weather forecast and, if you must be on the road, give yourself extra time."
Saratoga Springs' snow emergency goes into effect at 9 a.m. Wednesday and is expected to end at 9 p.m. on Friday. During that period, all vehicles parked on city streets, except alternate-side parking streets, must be moved to a plowed or cleared area. Vehicles must be moved every 12 hours until the end of the snow emergency. Those in violation are subject to being ticketed and/or towed at the owner's expense.
"It's important that residents move their vehicles to cleared spots so that plows are able to clear the roadways," Department of Public Works Commissioner Anthony "Skip" Scirocco said in a prepared statement. "I also stress the importance of being aware that large plows and DPW employees will be working in the road during this weather event."
Questions can be directed to the Saratoga Springs Department of Public Works office at 518-587-3550, ext. 2555.