First Snowstorm Quiets Main Street

Temperatures to rise Sunday

By Michael Turton

Pedestrians were few and far between by 4 p.m.  Photo by M. Turton

Pedestrians were few and far between by 4 p.m. 
Photo by M. Turton

Winter is still officially a week away but Cold Spring welcomed a preview on Saturday (Dec. 14). Light snow began earlier than expected in the morning and continued through much of the day. With worse weather predicted into the evening, Main Street resembled a ghost town by 4 p.m. Many shops normally open until 5 or 6 p.m. were closed by 3:30.

Cold Spring police officer Pat Lavelle said village streets had been quiet during the day with no accidents reported and that the same was true for Route 9D. On Route 9 south of Cold Spring a number of accidents had taken place, he said.

The recorded message at the village highway department at 845-265-4883 advised residents that street parking would not be permitted overnight.

But as always, children found joy in the first snowfall. The hill at St. Mary-in-the-Highlands saw a good turnout of sleigh riders. At C&E Paints, snow shovels were the day’s most popular item – with most sales taking place in the morning. And nary a customer was to be seen at Cold Spring Pizza at 4 p.m. “We were busy earlier but then it died off,” Emily Martinez said.

Sleigh riders at St. Mary-in-the-Highlands appreciated the snow. Photo by M. Turton

Sleigh riders at St. Mary-in-the-Highlands appreciated the snow.
Photo by M. Turton

One business that remained open – McGuire’s-on-Main ­– drew a capacity crowd despite the weather. A big turnout of fans braved the elements to watch the annual Army-Navy football game and to support a fundraiser benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. “I have no doubt that we’ll raise more money than last year,” said co-owner Shaun McGuire. “Everyone is staying safe – many people took the train.”

At 5 p.m. Weather Underground’s forecast for Philipstown called for periods of snow, heavy at times, changing to a wintry mix overnight with snow and ice accumulating 8 inches or more. The mercury dipped to 18˚F and winds whipped in the 10 to 15 mph range. Weather will be warmer today. The forecast calls for temperatures in the mid to high 30s.

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