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Dutchess County Braces for Significant Winter Storm

Published: 1/31/2021

For More Information Contact:

Colleen Pillus, Communications Director

(845) 486-2000

Poughkeepsie… The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning effective now through Tuesday, February 2nd. Snowfall is expected to arrive very early Monday morning, continuing into Tuesday until approximately 10pm. Prediction models vary widely for this storm with heavy snow fall expected between 9 and 18 inches, with 12-15 inches likely, and wind gusts as high as 25mph during the day Monday and 30mph Monday evening. Both morning and evening commutes on Monday are expected to be impacted significantly, and motorists are reminded to allow extra time and exercise caution on the roadways.

County Executive Molinaro said, “Reports indicate this storm is going to give us significant snowfall and winds. We are monitoring the situation carefully and emergency responders are prepared. We want all residents to be safe and avoid travel if possible. If you must travel, recognize that you'll need to allocate extra time for safety purposes, as crews work to clear roadways.”

County Executive Molinaro has issued a State of Emergency declaration, closing County offices for Monday, February 1st and to facilitate resource sharing across jurisdictions as necessary.  There are no travel restrictions as part of the State of Emergency currently. Travel restrictions may be put in place tomorrow should weather and/or road conditions warrant.  

Dutchess County Emergency Response will activate the Emergency Operations Center at 7am Monday with representatives from County Public Works, NYS DOT, New York State Police, County Sheriff, County Behavioral & Community Health, Central Hudson, NYSEG, and Red Cross for the duration of the storm.

County Executive Molinaro will host a previously scheduled weekly conference call with local Mayors and Supervisors on Monday afternoon to review storm conditions and coordinate resources as necessary.

Dutchess County Public Works highway crews have loaded trucks with materials, salt will be applied to County roadways as the storm begins, and crews will be out through the duration of the storm to clear roadways.

Dutchess County Public Transit Service will be suspended Monday, February 1st. Bus passengers can check for updates at, on the DCPT mobile app, or call 845.473.8424, TDD/TTY: 711.

Dutchess County Office for the Aging has suspended Home Delivered Meals delivery for Monday, February 1st. Recipients should utilize previously provided frozen or shelf stable meal.

Dutchess County Government offices will be closed Monday, February 1st. If Dutchess County residents had a DMV appointment for Monday, February 1st, it will be honored on Wednesday, February 3rd at the same time and location.

Residents can stay up-to-date on the County’s storm response online at or on the County’s social media pages on Facebook or Twitter.