Story by Lourice Angie
The Town of Warwick received over a foot of snow on Thurs., Nov. 15 during an unexpectedly messy snowstorm. School Districts throughout the entire Town were closed and traveling conditions remained hazardous until Fri., Nov. 16 when the Town-wide clean up was completed.
The snow was expected to start around 3 p.m., becoming heavier between 6 and 9 p.m. and then followed by a period of sleet and freezing rain, but things took an unexpected turn when the heaviest of the snowfall coincided with the evening rush hour. Many people were left stranded along Rte. 94 N. and Rte. 17A causing panic and frustration. Some residents were left to seek hotels for overnight stays because there was no way to make it into Town.
“This was a storm that, while predicted to be a challenge, quickly became, by all measures, historic, this early in the season, in the way it rapidly intensified, coinciding with the evening rush hour. While our crews were out from the first flake, some major State roads quickly became clogged with stranded vehicles making efforts to get them cleared difficult at best. Despite a storm that had dumped over eight inches of snow by 5 p.m., followed by sleet/freezing rain, Town crews remained on the roads, keeping them passable throughout the night and all the next day. I want to thank the men and women of the Warwick Department of Public Works, as well as those of our surrounding Villages, for their dedication and service to our residents,” said Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton.