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Coming into Saraanc Lake on Route 3 in early evening of the first significant snowstorm of the season. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Coming into Saraanc Lake on Route 3 in early evening of the first significant snowstorm of the season. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Heavy snowfall brings "real winter"

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Heavy snow fell through the night and early morning across much of New York State and Vermont in the first major winter storm this season.

The North Country, including parts of the St. Lawrence and Champlain valleys, and the Adirondacks, are expected to see the heaviest snow.

New York Gov. Andrew Governor Cuomo activated the state's Emergency Operations Center last night to monitor the storm's impact.

The National Weather Service has estimated that as much as a foot may have fallen overnight. Visibility is limited, and "severe" snow and ice conditions are reported on many roads and highways.

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Martha Foley
News and Public Affairs Director

Bob Schieser, with the National Weather Service in Burlington, says the heaviest snow will fall across northern New York:

"The bands will be shifting; they're lifting from the southeast to the northwest. That's the way they've been moving during the overnight hours and that'll continue during the day today. It looks like a good part of Northern New York is going to see some of the heaviest snowfall during the day today, especially over the Adirondack region. And the amounts in the St. Lawrence Valley will be not too shabby, as well—the 10-14 or 10-15 amounts will be in the St. Lawrence Valley, and looking at the amounts of generally 10-18 inches, maybe a few higher spots even than that across parts of the Adirondacks and the northeastern part of the Champlian Valley.”

Brian Mann — in the Champlain Valley this mrning — also says he's seeing heavy drifts on the highway. 

New York's transportation department,  reports "severe" snow and ice conditions on many roads and highways around Watertown and the western Adirondacks. 

St. Lawrence County sheriff’s dispatch office called the roads “horrible.”  Plows are having a hard time keeping up with the snowfall.  There are reports of minor accident, but nothing serious this morning.

The sheriff’s office in Jefferson County reports “lots of vehicles off the road,”  but again, nothing serious.

Ed Waite, captain of the Hinesburg (Vermont) Fire Department, had his own forecast last night. He said it looks like it’s going to be a real Vermont winter,

“Last year we didn't get much of anything in the way of snow—it was cold, but I think this year we're gonna really get the storms we're used to.”

Waite and his crew were busy getting ready.

“Yeah we're checking our trucks,  make sure we got fuel in our trucks, we're going back to the station now, make sure those are fueled up in case we got some trees down, and if we have cars off the road or whatever we have plenty of fuel to get out and give em a hand.” 

Officials are urging those who must travel this morning to bring emergency supplies in their cars.

Cape Air has also cancelled flights to Saranac Lake, Massena and to Rutland Vermont.

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