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Snow builds up in Canton. Photo: John Stanford
Snow builds up in Canton. Photo: John Stanford

Winter storms cause outages, accidents, in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties

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The North Country woke up Friday morning to more very wintry weather. In St. Lawrence county, schools were closed for a second day, as snow, sleet and rain continued to fall.

The St. Lawrence County sheriff reports several accidents on the roads--the county has issued a travel advisory saying the roads are icy and slushy and there may be tree limbs and power lines down in the roads.

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A snowcat built by Canton kids on their snowday. Photo: Trevor Alford

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Canton’s superintendent of Highways Terry Billings says workers are doing all they can to keep things safe as possible:

As the roads freeze up, you can only do so much, but we’ll keep scraping until people have a good drive, and our main focus is fire rescue and police. That’s our main focus.

Major power outages began this over night, and as of 4:00, 14,000 were without power, in towns from Malone all the way southwest past Watertown in Jefferson County.

Virginia Limmiatis is with National Grid—she says crews are working all over the area to restore power, but it’s hard to predict exactly when that will happen:

It depends on the severity and location of particular outages. So if there’s an area that’s deep in the woods and there’s lots of trees down it requires [more]. So what may take on an ordinary day a few hours, it really depends on the severity of the damage.

The national grid’s outage map—which you can go to from ncpr dot org—now shows National Grid is estimating they’ll have power back up in most communities around 11:45 tonight. The Red Cross in Potsdam is working with St. Lawrence Emergency management to determine where shelters will be established, if they determine they’re needed.

Meanwhile…a snow day is a snow day—and kids at Donna Kennedy’s home daycare in Canton weren’t wasting it. They went outside to build a snow animal—and you can see a picture of their snow cat at ncpr dot org.

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