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Lake-effect snow, how it works. Source: Wikipedia
Lake-effect snow, how it works. Source: Wikipedia

Tug Hill to get lion's share of lake effect snow

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The Tug Hill area will get the lion's share of the lake effect snow - more than 2 feet - over the next couple of days. Bill Hibbert is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo. He says we're in the midst the biggest lake effect snowstorm this winter. Hibbert says it's coming because it's cold out there.

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"With lake effect it’s not so much the strength of the storm as the coldness of the air. And we’re finally, finally, getting air that’s cold enough to produce a solid lake effect now from Lake Ontario onto the Tug Hill and Adirondack region," meteorologist Bill Hibbert said.

Hibbert says the colder air is coming from the north pole and Siberia, which hasn’t happened so far this season. He says Watertown and South Governeur could see 3-to-4 inches of snow.

"Areas over northern St. Lawrence County you’re not going to see much in Potsdam or Massena. Just too far removed from wind direction. A westerly wind off Lake Ontario put it right directly over the Tug Hill. So folks in north Oseola, so folks at the top of the Tug Hill will probably see anywhere from 2 feet to 30 inches of snow. Of course this is going to be over full period of today, tonight, and a good part of Tuesday."

Hibbert says Saranac Lake and the Adirondacks won’t get as much as Tug Hill this time. He says the entire region could see an additional inch of snow later in the week.

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