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Garlic under the snow in Potsdam. Photo by Ed Clark.
Garlic under the snow in Potsdam. Photo by Ed Clark.

Power out, schools closed by winter's parting shot

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A spring storm blanketed parts of northern New York and New England with more than a foot of snow overnight. The snow began falling yesterday morning. It's expected to continue through this morning.

The heavy snow has brought tree limbs down on power lines, causing scattered outages in a swath from southern St. Lawrence County, and along the Canadian border into Vermont. Martha Foley has more.

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Winter is delivering a parting shot to northern New York and Vermont. Some parts of the North Country have anywhere from six to 15 inches of snow on the ground this morning.

The hardest hit areas are along the Canadian border in Franklin and Clinton counties. Schools in Malone and St. Regis falls are closed.

The national Weather Service says North Underhill, Vt. received more than 13 inches of snow by this morning and Jericho had 12 inches.

Scattered power outages are reported.  A New York State Electric and gas spokeswoman said some 5,000 customers are in the dark in the northern tier of the company's area - primarily in Franklin and northern Clinton counties.

Amy Kennedy said more outages are expected. Crews are out, but the wet, heavy snow is continuing- and NYSEG isn't sure when everyone will have power back.

National Grid's website shows about 2400 customers without power from the Newton Falls area in southern St. Lawrence County to the Malone area in Franklin County, to as far east as Lyon Mt.

The snow began falling yesterday morning, after plenty of warm, spring weather  Maureen Breitbach is a meteorologist stationed at the Weather Service office in Burlington.

She said snow should start changing back to rain sometime later this morning. And the last - perhaps last - blast of winter should be over soon, with temperatures possibly reaching 70 by the weekend.

Albany weather service meteorologist Kevin Lipton says such snowfall is uncommon this time of year. But he says he remembers a significant snowfall around mid-May in 2002.

The current snowfall has been a boon for skiers in a region largely spared by the massive storms that blasted the rest of the nation during winter.

The Sugarloaf ski area in Maine still has two ski lifts operating and 24 trails open.

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