ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has declared a state of emergency for the county due to the impending winter storm. The emergency goes into effect at 8 p.m. on Monday.

According to Meteorologist Jill Szwed, this will be the biggest storm of the season yet. The high impact, long duration winter storm will bring heavy wet snow and gusty winds. Power outages are expected.

“This State of Emergency has been declared due to a major weather event with the possibility of
heavy falling and drifting snow, with the possibility of high winds, sustained and low visibility
over a period of time, causing dangerous road conditions that may pose a threat to public safety,” reads the order.

McCoy has directed all Albany County departments and agencies “to take whatever steps necessary to protect life and property, public infrastructure, and provide such emergency assistance deemed necessary.” The state of emergency will remain in effect until rescinded by McCoy.

In addition, Albany County offices are closed and will reopen on Wednesday, March 15 for standard business hours. The closure does not apply to the Albany County Nursing Home, Department of Public Works, Department of General Services, Water Purification District or Sheriff’s Office. 

County employees who are able to work remotely will do so on Tuesday.