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A Look Back At 'Snowtober' In Armonk

Armonk residents were surprised to look out their windows at this time last year and find snow on the ground.
Armonk residents were surprised to look out their windows at this time last year and find snow on the ground. Photo Credit: Provided

ARMONK, N.Y. – In late October last year, Armonk residents learned that it doesn’t necessarily need to be winter on the calendar for a large snowstorm to hit town. On Oct. 29, 2011, the largest snow storm of the season came to North Castle and left thousands without power. Snow began during the early morning hours of the 29th and a winter weather advisory was in place until the morning of Oct. 30 at 6 a.m. Snow accumulations reached around seven inches and winds were reported as high as 45 mph.

The North Castle Police did not report any significant incidents in town following the storm, but a number of trees and power lines were down on roads around town.

There were 58,000 households without power in Westchester County following the storm including more than 3,100 in North Castle alone, according to Con Edison. North Castle was hit particularly hard compared to neighboring towns.

In Harrison, only around 800 customers were without power and less than 100 in Mamaroneck. The North Castle Citizens Corp Council (NC-4) set up an emergency station at the Hergenhan Recreation Center in Armonk for residents without power. Hot showers, snacks, and electricity to charge cell phones were available as volunteers from the council worked the station through Halloween.

Bill Weaver, North Castle’s Town Supervisor at the time, issued a statement warning parents and children to be cautious of downed trees and power lines while trick or treating.

Con Edison was unable to fully restore power throughout the town until Nov. 5, a full week after the storm hit Armonk. On Nov. 4, Con Edison reported that 125 customers were still without power.

This Halloween season, the weather may bring some rainy weather with Hurricane Sandy possibly making an appearance in Westchester, maybe as a tropical storm, early next week. Some in Armonk are already fearful of the worst.

“If  Tropical Storm Sandy hits us we are in trouble!” Armonk resident Danielle Gold wrote in a Facebook post.

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