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Dutchess County Winter Storm Update February 1st
Monday, 2:30pm

Published: 2/1/2021

For More Information Contact:

Colleen Pillus, Communications Director

Poughkeepsie… A Winter Storm Warning from the National Weather Service remains in effect through Tuesday, February 2nd for Dutchess County and surrounding communities. Snowfall has been light in many areas of Dutchess County, however an increased rate of snowfall of 2 to 3 inches per hour is expected late this afternoon and early evening, with potential wind gusts up to 40MPH.

As storm conditions worsen, road conditions will be hazardous, and residents are strongly advised against travel.

Dutchess County Department of Public Works’ (DPW) road crews have been efficient in keeping up with snowfall on county roadways, having already completed two runs of plowing. A third round of plowing is underway this afternoon and the DPW workforce will continue clearing roadways through the night.  Again, individuals are advised to remain off the roads as it will become much more difficult for road crews to keep up with the increased rate of snowfall.

Other updates:

  • Metro-North will suspend services this afternoon, with the final trains leaving Grand Central Terminal at 3pm.
  • Dutchess County 911 Communications Center call volume has been within normal limits throughout the day.
  • The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports only a small increase in the number of auto related accidents or disabled vehicles as motorists heed guidance to avoid travel.
  • Governor Cuomo has declared a State of Emergency for the Hudson Valley and while there are no specific travel bans at this time, the Governor’s announcements notes portions of key roadways, including I-84, may face travel bans if snowfall rate reaches between 2 -3 inches per hour

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.