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"Cherry picker" trucks for National Grid get ready for a long night of restoring power in the Price Chopper parking lot in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein
"Cherry picker" trucks for National Grid get ready for a long night of restoring power in the Price Chopper parking lot in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein

Wild weather: Wind, lake effect snow, record high temps

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After record-high temperatures and damaging winds in much of the region the past few days, winter is back. Fire departments and highway crews answered calls all day Thursday - reports that the wind had blown off roofs, knocked down trees and power lines.

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Julie Grant
Reporter and Producer

The Press-Republican reports that in the City of Plattsburgh, parts of Cornelia Street were closed because of concerns of materials blowing off the construction site at SUNY Plattsburgh.

We've had..trees down, power lines down, trees that have pulled power lines down, roads blocked by trees.
Eric Day is director of emergency services in Clinton County. We spoke with him Thursday afternoon.

"Across Clinton County, we've had numerous calls for winds. Trees down, power lines down, trees that have pulled power lines down. Roads blocked by trees."

Lewis Highway Superintendent Eldred Hutchins tells the Press-Republican crews were up in the early morning hours cutting trees that had fallen over the highway and over power lines.

There were intermittent outages. The NYSEG power outage map shows close to 1,200 customers in Clinton, Franklin, and Essex Counties are still without power Friday morning.

There had been concerns early Thursday that the Ausable River would overflow.

"There was an ice jam upstream from AuSable Forks in the town of Jay that caused some flooding of roadways, and that broke loose and moved down through town."

Day says the ice jam moved downstream of AuSable, causing minor flooding and a road closure in Clintonville.

The Watertown Daily Times reports that temperatures hit the low 60s in Watertown and Massena this week, shattering previous temperature records. Then significant snowfall was predicted in Jefferson and Lewis Counties on Thursday - up to 14 inches in southern Lewis County.

Snow showers are predicted for the remainder of the week, and normal winter temperatures - in the teens today and lows hovering just above zero.

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