We're supposed to get snow here in the next couple of days as well. It's really not that atypical. The warm springs we've had in recent years were out of the ordinary. Anyway, the canals are opening. Just got an email from the Canal Authority:
Notice to Mariners
2014 Navigation Season
April 22, 2014
Mariners are advised that, conditions permitting, all portions of the New York State Canal System are scheduled to open Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 7:00 a.m. for the 2014 navigation season.
The hours of operation for the 2014 season are as follows:
May 3 to May 21: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
May 22 to September 10: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
September 11 to November 19: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In addition to the schedule listed above, the following locks and lift bridges will operate on demand from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm from May 22 to September 10:
Lock C-1, Halfmoon
Lock E-7, Niskayuna
Lock E-23, Brewerton
Lock O-1, Phoenix
Lock E-24, Baldwinsville
Main Street Lift Bridge, Fairport
Lock E-32, Pittsford
Lock E-33, Henrietta
Spencerport Lift Bridge
Adams Basin Lift Bridge
Park Avenue Lift Bridge, Brockport
Main Street Lift Bridge, Brockport
Exchange Street Lift Bridge, Lockport
Lock E-34/35, Lockport
Lock CS-1, Cayuga
Lock CS-2/3, Seneca Falls
Lock CS-4, Waterloo
In addition to the structures listed above, the following lift bridges will operate on demand from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and on a scheduled basis from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm from May 22 to September 10:
Medina Lift Bridge
Middleport Lift Bridge
Gasport Lift Bridge
The schedule for openings at these bridges will be posted in a subsequent Notice to Mariners.
Vessels will be admitted through structures if arriving prior to scheduled closing. Vessels arriving at Lock CS-2/3 in Seneca Falls or Lock E-34/35 in Lockport from either direction prior to scheduled closing will be admitted through both chambers. Vessels arriving westbound at Lock E-21 in New London or arriving eastbound at Lock E-22 in Verona prior to scheduled closing will be admitted through both locks. Vessels arriving at the Waterford Flight from either direction prior to scheduled closing will be admitted through the entire Flight.
24-hour service is available to commercial vessels such as tour boats, tugboats, charter boats, cruise ships, and hire-boats operating on the Canal System. Registered commercial operators should call (518) 471-5014 during regular business hours and (518) 461-0942 after hours to make arrangements for lock and lift bridge service outside of the Canalís regular operating schedule.
For updates and information, please call 1-800-4CANAL4 or visit New York State Canals