GOOD FOR SKIING
While the snow may be a nuisance for some, skiers will be happy, Taber said.
“It will be mostly a powdery kind of snow. Good for skiing and outdoor enthusiasts.”
AIRPORT ON WATCH
At Plattsburgh International Airport, Manager Christopher Kreig said staffers were “watching the approaching winter storm with interest due to the potential to impact travel locally.
“We encourage passengers who are traveling between now and Friday to contact the airlines for the most up-to-date flight information,” he said in a statement Wednesday.
He provided contact information for all the airlines:
Allegiant Air: 702-505-8888, www.allegiantair.com.
PenAir: 800-448-4226, www.penair.com.
Spirit Airlines: 800-772-7117, www.spirit.com. Spirit has already canceled today’s flight to Fort Lauderdale.
Travelers can also visit the airport website at www.flyplattsburgh.com for flight-status information.
The City of Plattsburgh storm-notification lights were flashing Wednesday to signify that no parking was allowed on city streets from midnight to 6 a.m. Thursday. The ban also covers the north end of the City Parking Lot on Durkee Street.
Since storms of this magnitude often cause power outages, utility workers were anticipating a busy day.
The New York State Department of Public Service extended its Call Center Helpline hours to assist people with storm preparation. The helpline can be reached by calling 1-800-342-3377 between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Here’s how to reach area utilities to report outages:
National Grid: (upstate electricity), 1-800-867-5222; and (upstate gas), 1-800-892-2345.
New York State Electric and Gas: (electricity), 1-800-572-1131 or go to www.nyseg.com; and (gas), 1-800-572-1121.
Plattsburgh Municipal Lighting Department: 563-2200.
Preparations and cancellations had started Wednesday before even one flake of snow had fallen. They include:
▶ The Essex County Board of Supervisors meeting planned for today has been postponed until Monday, Dec. 31.
A public hearing will be held at 9:45 a.m. that day on the salaries of elected county officers or those named to a fixed-term. Those employees received 2 percent pay increases in the 2013 budget.