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Snow graffiti at Canton Central School. Archive Photo of the Day: Lizette C. Haenel, Canton NY.
Snow graffiti at Canton Central School. Archive Photo of the Day: Lizette C. Haenel, Canton NY.

School "snow days" dwindle as snow piles up

This winter's extreme cold and heaps of snow have caused havoc for travelers and homeowners, and could end up rewriting the spring break calendars for some North Country school districts.

About a half dozen schools in Jefferson and Lewis counties canceled classes again last Friday because of heavy snow.  Go to full article
Erika Edgley ice skating on Lower Cascade Lake. Archive Photo of the Day: Matthew Hobart
Erika Edgley ice skating on Lower Cascade Lake. Archive Photo of the Day: Matthew Hobart

Natural Selections: Ice over time

Fresh ice, sometimes called black ice, can be nice and clear and great for skating, but after a while ice gets kind of funky. Freezes and thaws and snowfalls take their toll on ice, creating white ice, which contains a lot of trapped air and gases. Martha Foley and Curt Stager talk about how the ice evolves over the season.  Go to full article
At an ice bar in Madrid, Spain. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22372256@N08/5181629626/">Jesus Perez Pacheco</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
At an ice bar in Madrid, Spain. Photo: Jesus Perez Pacheco, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cool: 2 upstate NY hotels build outdoor ice bars

BOLTON LANDING, N.Y. (AP) Two upstate New York lakeside hotels are offering guests a unique way to chill out this weekend.

The Sagamore Resort in the Adirondacks has built an outdoor bar made entirely of ice. Even the stools are made of ice.  Go to full article
As this winter storm unfolds, bringing heavy snow and high winds to many parts of the state, I strongly urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution, avoid travel, and stay indoors.-Gov. Cuomo

Gov. Cuomo: Icy weather triggers NY emergency

A state of emergency remains in effect this morning across much of New York because of the dangerous blast of icy temperatures and heavy snow.

The national Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning until 11 am this morning across much of North Country Public Radio's listening area.

Wind chill readings this morning are expected to plunge to 38 degrees below zero with winds up to 20 miles an hour. That means frostbite can result in as little as 15 minutes on exposed skin.

Meanwhile, state officials in New York say a travel ban is still in effect this morning for commercial vehicles on I-87 from Albany south to New York City. I-84 between Connecticut and the Pennsylvania border are closed to all traffic, including passenger and emergency vehicles.

Travel is also limited on the Tappan Zee Bridge and the Long Island Expressway. Those travel restrictions are expected to be lifted at 8 am this morning.

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement last night saying that "Safety remains our top priority."

He urged New Yorkers to check on neighbors and loved ones and avoid travel if possible until the storm passes.

"As this winter storm unfolds, bringing heavy snow and high winds to many parts of the state, I strongly urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution, avoid travel, and stay indoors," Governor Cuomo said.

"To ensure an effective and rapid response to this winter storm, I am declaring a statewide state of emergency, so resources can get to communities where they are needed as quickly as possible."  Go to full article
Clearing away downed limbs and trees on Christmas eve (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Clearing away downed limbs and trees on Christmas eve (Photo: Brian Mann)

Audio Postcard: Icy clean-up after storm

While power crews are still scrambling to restore power in some areas, families across the North Country are turning to the chore of clearing away downed limbs and fallen trees.

In many areas, the clean-up is happening in conditions that are still icy and treacherous. Brian Mann sent an audio postcard from Westport in the Champlain Valley, where the trees are still coated in a shimmering layer of ice.  Go to full article
Flooding occurred as the West Branch of the Ausable rose more than six feet due to an ice jam. Photo: Larry Master
Flooding occurred as the West Branch of the Ausable rose more than six feet due to an ice jam. Photo: Larry Master

Clinton, Essex, Franklin brushed by ice storm

The weekend ice storm struck only a glancing blow in the eastern part of our listening area, including Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties, as well as Quebec. Emergency alerts and travel bans were imposed as freezing rain hit on Sunday, but the area avoided serious accumulations of ice and saw few power outages.  Go to full article
Colgate professor Amy Leventer and Parishville-Hopkinton science teacher Glenn Clark are preparing to explore the Totten Glacier System in Antarctica next month. Photo:  Todd Moe
Colgate professor Amy Leventer and Parishville-Hopkinton science teacher Glenn Clark are preparing to explore the Totten Glacier System in Antarctica next month. Photo: Todd Moe

Parishville-Hopkinton teacher to study ice, environment in Antarctica

A North Country high school science teacher is preparing for a trek to Antarctica this winter to study climate change. Parishville-Hopkinton wilderness studies and biology teacher Glenn Clark is one of 17 teachers selected from across the country to work with the Arctic Research Consortium's PolarTREC program. He'll be living and working aboard an ice breaker from late January through early March of next year.

Todd Moe talks with Clark, and his mentor, Amy Leventer from Colgate University, about the trip to the Totten Glacier System on the eastern Antarctica coast -- one of the most remote, uncharted regions of the world.  Go to full article
Caperton Tissot with an antique ice saw at the ice palace in Saranac Lake.  Photo: Andy Flynn.
Caperton Tissot with an antique ice saw at the ice palace in Saranac Lake. Photo: Andy Flynn.

Adirondack Attic: how they cut the ice for the frozen palace

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of Adirondack Attic books on local history. He uses the objects people make, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring these stories to air.

Today, Andy Flynn visits the ice palace in Saranac Lake for a conversation with historian and author Caperton Tissot about cutting ice blocks for the palace and using an antique ice saw.  Go to full article
(Photo: RinkWatch website)
(Photo: RinkWatch website)

RinkWatch: tracking the future of outdoor skating

An Ontario environmental studies professor has created a website to track outdoor rink conditions across North America. It's called RinkWatch, where backyard rink creators can help track weather conditions.

According to the website, scientists in Montreal are predicting fewer outdoor skating days in the future, based on the results of data taken from weather stations across Canada over the last fifty years. So, Robert McLeman, at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, is asking for regular, systematic observations from kids and families about outdoor skating on local ice rinks this winter. He told Todd Moe that it's another example of a citizen-scientist project to help track climate change.  Go to full article
Ice settled on trees and powerlines Thursday in the St. Lawrence Valley. Photo: John Stanford
Ice settled on trees and powerlines Thursday in the St. Lawrence Valley. Photo: John Stanford

Weather service says no repeat of '98 expected--but some cold weather ahead

Icy conditions in the St. Lawrence Valley today made for dangerous roads, school closures and a lot of worry about what's coming next. The National Weather Service says wintry weather will continue for the next day or so--but we don't have to worry about a repeat of the Ice Storm of '98.  Go to full article

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