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A Look Back At 'Snowtober' In Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant was left with many downed trees and wires after a surprise October snowstorm last year.
Mount Pleasant was left with many downed trees and wires after a surprise October snowstorm last year. Photo Credit: Robert Michelin
Snow didn't stop students at Hawthorne Elementary School from enjoying Halloween last year.
Snow didn't stop students at Hawthorne Elementary School from enjoying Halloween last year. Photo Credit: Robert Michelin

VALHALLA, N.Y. – In late October last year, Mount Pleasant residents learned that it doesn’t necessarily need to be winter on the calendar for a large snowstorm to occur. On Oct. 29, 2011, the largest snowstorm of the season came to town and left thousands without power.

Snow began during the early morning hours of Saturday the 29th, and a winter weather advisory was in place until Sunday at 6 a.m. Snow accumulations reached around seven inches, and winds were reported as high as 45 mph. The Mount Pleasant and Pleasantville police departments did not report any significant incidents in town following the storm, but a number of trees and power lines were down on roads.

An estimated 58,000 Consolidated Edison customers were without power in Westchester County following the storm, including more than 3,900 in Mount Pleasant. Thornwood and Valhalla were hit the hardest by power outages, as Con Edison reported that 1,934 customers in Thornwood were without power and 1,565 in Valhalla.

Power was not fully restored to Mount Pleasant until five days after the storm. In the meantime, a shelter for residents was set up Town Hall in Valhalla. The Mount Pleasant Public Library in Pleasantville maintained electricity and internet access throughout the storm and was a popular spot for those without power.

The snowstorm did not stop the Hawthorne Elementary School from holding its annual Halloween parade, as students bundled up and dressed in costume on the Monday following the storm. On the morning of Halloween, Town Supervisor Joan Maybury issued a statement to residents to be cautious of downed trees and power lines while trick-or-treating.

This Halloween season, the weather may not bring snow to Mount Pleasant. However, rain is in the forecast, with Hurricane Sandy possibly making an appearance in Westchester early next week.

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