LIVE UPDATES: Winter storm hits lower Hudson Valley

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Winter storm surge could reach 6-9 inches between now and Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

A winter storm warning is in effect from 1 a.m. Tuesday until 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to the weather service.

Between midnight and 2 p.m., up to 9 inches of snow is likely, with wind chills keeping the temperature between 20 and 25 degrees. The weather is expected to be partly cloudy after six o’clock on Thursday evening.

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The National Weather Service said coastal communities could see higher amounts of snowfall and a chance of flooding.

Schools in the Lower Hudson Valley, including Yonkers schools, began declaring snow days on Tuesdays as of early Monday afternoon.

Westchester County Police will have more patrol and emergency service workers on call Tuesday, as well as additional staff from ConEdison and NYSEG, Westchester County Executive George Latimer said at a news conference Monday. Latimer declared a state of emergency in Westchester on Monday night.

He said residents should stock up on food and other supplies to avoid being out on the roads in dangerous conditions. He also urged residents to stay away from the cold, especially the elderly and children, who are most vulnerable to health risks resulting from low temperatures, such as frostbite and hypothermia.

“We’re New Yorkers. We’ve been through a lot of winters already. This is nothing new, but the bottom line is we still have to prepare for this,” Latimer said.

County residents should stay off the roads and stay alert and prepared in the event of an emergency, Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Highway Superintendent Skip Fisetti said in a news release Monday.

“The key to keeping our roads clear is to get as many cars off them as possible during a storm,” Day said.

Orange & Rockland Utilities said in a news release Sunday that it has begun preparing to mobilize its emergency response workforce to repair potential damage and restore potential outages. O&R announced Monday that it has acquired additional overhead line crews.

This article originally appeared in the Rockland/Westchester Journal News: Winter storm updates in New York’s Lower Hudson Valley

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