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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
The predicted winter storm had not brought much to the tri-lakes area by early afternoon Wednesday although plows were out moving what little snow there was along the edge of the road.  This plow is cleaning the edge of NYS Route 3 between Saranac Lake and Bloomingdale. Photo: Mark Kurtz
The predicted winter storm had not brought much to the tri-lakes area by early afternoon Wednesday although plows were out moving what little snow there was along the edge of the road. This plow is cleaning the edge of NYS Route 3 between Saranac Lake and Bloomingdale. Photo: Mark Kurtz

St. Lawrence Valley likely "big winner" in snowfall

A winter storm has arrived just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thick, wet snow fell on the St. Lawrence Valley and parts of the Adirondacks. The Champlain Valley and Glens Falls have mostly received rain.  Go to full article

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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

It's bad out there

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.  Go to full article
As town supervisor Bill Ferebee looks on, Gov. Andrew Cuomo lauds Keene for response to Irene Photo: Brian Mann
As town supervisor Bill Ferebee looks on, Gov. Andrew Cuomo lauds Keene for response to Irene Photo: Brian Mann

In long Irene recovery, Keene's celebration day

The brand new $2.8 million Keene fire hall was crowded with neighbors and dignitaries over the weekend.

They came on a damp Saturday morning to celebrate the rebuilding effort that followed Irene's devastating blast of water nearly two years ago.

Construction of a new, state-of-the-art fire house has come to symbolize the town's resilience following the storm.

But it's also a sign of the costly new infrastructure that experts say will be needed as more extreme weather patterns develop because of climate change.  Go to full article
A building in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood destroyed by Sandy. Photo<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ccho/"> CCHO</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
A building in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood destroyed by Sandy. Photo CCHO, CC some rights reserved

Storm preparedness on Cuomo's SOS list

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he intends to include recommendations from a disaster preparedness commission in his State of the State address next week.

Cuomo says he has both short-term and long-term preparedness in mind.  Go to full article
Still from "Sandy hits Lake George," from Youtube via <a href="http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCasX4KU6O9lqgPALWUr0UlQ">Katie Quirk</a>. Watch video embedded below
Still from "Sandy hits Lake George," from Youtube via Katie Quirk. Watch video embedded below

On Lake George, a storm but no superstorm

Emergency declarations have been canceled across the North Country now that Hurricane Sandy (now Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy) tracked away from our region. What might have been a head-on disaster turned into a minor storm for most of the North Country.

In Lake George, Sandy's winds stirred up some dramatic vistas, but did no damage and caused no injuries.  Go to full article
Photo:  NYS
Photo: NYS

Hurricane Sandy: Cuomo visits Adks ahead of storm

Sunday 3rdd Update: AUDIO FROM GOVERNOR'S SUNDAY ADDRESS ON LONG ISLAND.

Governor Andrew Cuomo today will visit the town of Jay fire hall in Ausable Forks as he reviews hurricane preparedness across New York state.

Earlier in the day, Cuomo mobilized more than a thousand National Guard soldiers to help prepare for the landfall of Hurricane Sandy.

"They will provide vital assistance to various regions of the State, and it is essential that they are positioned to be ready to serve wherever they are called," Cuomo said.

"These troops, along with critical equipment, vehicles and aircraft, are ready to answer at a moment's notice."

The National Weather Service is now predicting that high winds and heavy rains will hit the region beginning on Monday, with the blast expected to continue into Tuesday.

The advisory includes warnings for people in northern New York, Vermont, and particularly homeowners "with marine interests along Lake Champlain."

The current forecast suggests that foul weather will arrive Monday afternoon and will intensify through the night, tapering off late Tuesday morning.

A flood watch for that period is in effect. Winds are expected to peak between 5 pm and 3 am with gusts anticipated between 50 and 80 miles per hour.

Powerful winds are also expected in the St. Lawrence Valley.

Previously: Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday declared a state of emergency in New York ahead of the landfall of Hurricane Sandy.

That means more resources available to local governments, and a suspension of many regulations "that would impede rapid response."

"As we prepare for the possibility of Hurricane Sandy hitting New York State, I am activating all levels of state government to prepare for any potential impacts," Governor Cuomo said, in a statement.

State officials have been coordinating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Also, state Conservation officials issued an advisory late Friday urging all backcountry travelers in the Adirondack-North Country to be out of the woods by sundown on Sunday.

They also canceled reservations at the Fish Creek Campground near Saranac Lake next week.

The path of the storm remains unclear but local governments and state officials are taking pains to prep the North Country for a possible blast of foul weather.

With memories fresh from big storms and flood events last year, village officials in Saranac Lake say they're drawing down the level of Lake Flower.

"[T]he village began gradually lowering the level of Lake Flower two days ago and will do so more aggressively over the weekend," said village manager John Sweeney in a statement.

Local crews are also working to clear storm drains to prevent street flooding.  Go to full article
Tuesday's funnel cloud as seen from Canton. Photo: Danielle Tracy
Tuesday's funnel cloud as seen from Canton. Photo: Danielle Tracy

Not every funnel cloud is a tornado

Towering black clouds gave a dramatic warning of the storm sweeping toward Potsdam mid-afternoon Tuesday. Most alarming was a funnel-shaped cloud reported by eyewitnesses, and captured in photographs. Say "funnel" and lots of us think: "tornado."

But not all funnel clouds are tornadoes, even when they're apparently dropping down from a big, black cloud.

Martha Foley got an alternative explanation and another name, derecho, from Aileen O'Donogue, who teaches climatology as well as astronomy at St. Lawrence University. Aileen was on the ground watching as the storm came toward Potsdam. (Note: we'd love a high resolution picture of Tuesday's funnel-shaped cloud. E-mail images to: radio@ncpr.org)  Go to full article

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