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Snowbanks cause problems for bus riders

Almost two weeks after our last big snow storm, many bus stops throughout the area continue to be unsafe and unusable.

Spring can't come soon enough for anyone forced to deal with uncleared, nearly unusable bus stops in the area.

On Central Avenue, you can wait for the number one on the sidewalk beside the bus stop sign, but when it stops you'll have to climb a snowbank to get to the bus. Best advice, try to match your footsteps to those who have made the climb before you. We hope your balance is good and you're sufficiently nimble, but not everybody is.

Pete Audet sent up cell phone pictures he took days after the last snowfall. His stop near McKinley and Washington was in bad shape.

“For one week, from, you enter the City of Albany on Washington Avenue all the way up through, not one bus stop was cleared,” said Audet.

Abbey in the Albany snow

Thanks to Amy Ratner Witonsky, for sending us this photo of her 2-year-old daughter, Abbey, enjoying today's snow.

City of Albany declares snow emergency

SNOW EMERGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT

Please be advised that the City of Albany has issued a SNOW EMERGENCY that will begin on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:00pm at which time all normal parking rules and regulations are temporarily suspended.

During the first 24 hours of the snow emergency all vehicles must be parked on the even numbered side of the street.

Then on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:00pm all vehicles must be parked on the odd numbered side of the street for the next 24-hour period.

If you are parked on the wrong side of the street during the snow emergency your car will be ticketed and may result in it being towed.

After the second 24-hour period please stay tuned for further announcements. For SNOW EMERGENCY information, call 476-SNOW or log into the city of Albany’s website at www.ALBANYNY.GOV

Gov. Cuomo declares State of Emergency for 16 NY counties

State of Emergency now declared for 16 counties in New York State. In our area, they include Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Washington, and Warren.

Cuomo: NY ready for latest storm

NEW YORK -- Gov. Cuomo says the state is ready to tackle this storm, but he has a warning for residents as we prepare for the Nor'easter to hit.

"Prepare properly and avoid unnecessary travel" said Cuomo, as he announced that several agencies are already prepared for the snow to start falling.

So here is what is already in place ahead of the storms arrival -- New York State has 1,789 plows, 359 loaders and 4,185 operators stationed and ready for the storm, along with 291,000 tons of salt on hand statewide. DOT tells NewsChannel 13, they have 36,500 tons of salt to use in the Capital Region.

Also all Thruway and New York DOT maintenance headquarters will be fully staffed around the clock for the duration of the storm.

National Grid and NYSEG are on standby, ready to tackle any outages. 

NY governor declares state of emergency

More than 2,000 plow trucks have been deployed in New York State.

People seem to be heeding the warning and staying off the roads.

Gov. Cuomo has declared a state of emergency. A section of Interstate 84 from the Connecticut border to the Pennsylvania border was shut down for a time, but has since reopened.

The governor says this winter has taken a toll on the state's resources. He says there is a shortage of salt in New York City and Long Island. They are trying to ship a surplus of salt from upstate New York to the downstate area.

Due to the storm, Colonie Center announced they would be closing early at 5 p.m.

Albany Parking Authority turns snow into steam

ALBANY - The Albany Parking Authority is ready to remove the snow.

They have a machine that melts 40 tons of snow in one hour.

A snow plow is used to get the snow off the roof of parking facilities in the city and into the machine. The machine then melts the snow and turns it into steam.