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Snow Slowing Drivers On Westchester, Putnam Roads

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It's not quite the volume of snow dumped by the post-Christmas blizzard, but it was enough to make driving a challenge Friday in Westchester County. (credit: CBS 2)

It’s not quite the volume of snow dumped by the post-Christmas blizzard, but it was enough to make driving a challenge Friday in Westchester County. (credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBS 2) — The powdering snow the Big Apple was seeing along the coast Friday afternoon became more intense a few miles up the Taconic State Parkway, Lou Young reports.

The plows were already out in Westchester trying to keep multiple lanes open, but in the northern reaches of the County, they were losing the battle.

On the road, motorists crawled into Putnam County single file, and they were taking the wintry conditions very seriously.

“I just drove six miles from Putnam Valley and it’s terrible. I’m thinking about going home. I’m supposed to go into work today,” said resident Scott Mitchell.

When Young mentioned that he had four-wheel drive, Mitchell answered “Yes I do. I can move, but I can’t break that well.”

Lois Wilhem of Mahopac had an even tougher time on the road. “Even with the truck and the four-wheel drive I was fishtailing all the way down, so maximum travel speed is 20 miles per hour,” she said.

“I would recommend everyone to stay home, stay off the roads and just leave the professionals and the police department, you know, access to the highway,” Wilhem added.

Snow plow drivers in Putnam were ready for a long day on the roads. Young asked one how long he would be working Friday night.

His answer: “Depends on when it stops. Usually four or five hours after it stops.”

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