COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.-- With Otsego County expecting more than a foot of snow Friday, safety officials are preparing to have plows out on the roads by 4:00 a.m.
Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr. said his staff is coordinating with the Office of Emergency Services to make sure the roads are clear for emergency calls and vehicles.
Because the roads and ground are soft from fluctuating weather, Devlin said crews could see problems with crumbling pavement, downed power lines and falling trees.
"Plow drivers are going to run into soft shoulders, we have soft roads right now," Devlin said. "I can see mechanical breakdowns and things of that nature from the wear and tear. Soft ground, heavy, wet snow and high winds, we're going to have problems with trees coming down. There may be some dead trees that aren't quite rooted in the ground anymore, and things of that nature. With the snow they're anticipating, we're expecting to have power outages, probably prolonged periods of power outages."
Devlin said safety officials plan to re-evaluate the storm by 4:00 a.m. to determine if a county-wide travel ban is necessary.
In the event of a prolonged power outage, Devlin said resources will be available for residents without electricity. Because the phone lines in the 911 center need to remain open, the non-emergency line for the Otsego County Office of Emergency Services is (607)547-5351.