GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Several Greenburgh roads and intersections tend to turn troublesome during wintry weather, and Monday was no exception. The evening's rain and ice storm caused 20 motor vehicle accidents, officials said.
Taxter Road and Chatterton Parkway were closed after several cars got stuck on icy hills. Hilly areas of Greenburgh can become real problems during the winter, Police Chief Joe DeCarlo said.
"Lots of people get stuck on the hills — they can become an issue," he said, adding that ice can be more troublesome at higher elevations. "Sometimes 50 feet can really make a difference."
Roads usually don't become an issue if the Department of Public Works covers them with salt before a storm, DeCarlo added. DPW Commissioner Victor Carosi said the crews will always attend to steeper and busier roads first.
But the DPW encountered a "unique situation" Monday night after several crews were sent home early because temperatures were expected to stay above freezing, Carosi said.
"The temperature got cooler and we were expecting temperatures to rise," Carosi said. "What happened is the roads turned to solid ice, and it took us a while to get the crews back into the village. By that time, a lot of people were slipping and sliding."
Carosi added that it's the state's responsibility to take care of major roadways like Route 119, I-287, Tarrytown Road, Knollwood Road and Central Park Avenue.
DeCarlo said the following Greenburgh roads and intersections tend to be icy spots during winter storms and are the ones police usually end up responding to.
- Grasslands Road between Virginia Road and Knollwood Road;
- Knollwood Road at Old Tarrytown Road;
- Ardsley Road;
- Scarsdale Road;
- West Hartsdale Avenue;
- Jackson Avenue at 9A.
Elmsford Mayor Robert Williams is warning residents about weather conditions for Wednesday night, when 1 to 2 inches of rain and wind gusts up to 60 mph are possible. Motorists should watch out for flooding and downed trees and wires.