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8:45 a.m. One in a series of visits from the snowplow at NCPR's building in Canton this morning. Photo by Zach Hirsch
8:45 a.m. One in a series of visits from the snowplow at NCPR's building in Canton this morning. Photo by Zach Hirsch

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Heavy, wet snow is spreading across much of upstate New York as a wintry storm moves up the East Coast.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for western and central New York and parts of the North Country. Snow will be heavy in the St. Lawrence Valley and northern Adirondacks, up to a foot of snow by tomorrow morning...Thanksgiving.

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There may be as much as 18 inches along the Lake Ontario shore east of Rochester. There will also be accumulations of ice.

There's a flood watch in effect for most of the southern and eastern parts of Vermont today, with up to 2 ½ inches of rain expected in some areas .The National Weather Service says temperatures will fall below freezing starting late this afternoon, turning all that rain to snow.

Ottawa and Kingston expected so see up to 25 centimetres of snow. Smaller accumulations are anticipated for areas from Niagara to Peterborough and through to Algonquin Park. The snow will end from west to east later today as the storm centre moves into Quebec.

The storm has already been blamed for a number of power outages, with upstate utilities this morning reporting nearly 12,000 customers without electricity, most in the Rochester region.

National Grid is reporting more than 1,000 customers are without power this morning in Jefferson, St. Lawrence, and Franklin counties.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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