It was the first day of spring, but it looked more like the middle of winter.

Heavy, wet lake effect snow pounded southern Jefferson County and much of Lewis County throughout the day Wednesday.

In fact, the Montague Inn, a business which depends on snow to attract snowmobilers, had to close for the day because of the weather.

Owner Sue Lucas, who lives in Barnes Corners, couldn't get to her business.

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Heavy snow and strong wind caused poor visibility on roads.

Homes on the Tug Hill plateau were buried.

Some people say they love the weather while others say - not so much. 

"This is just a good old fashioned storm and it just comes at the wrong time of the year," said Mike Green, who lives on the plateau.

"I love the fact that it is snowing in the spring, get to snowmobile, lengthens the winter, it's good for the businesses," said another local resident Gary Wilding.

Official numbers were not immediately available, but observers said Barnes Corners got about two feet of snow Wednesday.

More accumulation is expected. 

A lake effect snow warning is in effect until midnight Thursday night.

The heaviest snow is expected to continue to fall on the Tug Hill region.

The National Weather Service forecasts accumulations of 6 to 11 inches Wednesday night,  3 to 6 inches Thursday and up to 2 inches Thursday evening.

The spring snow storm comes exactly a year after the north country saw record high temperatures.

On March 20, 1012, the thermometer reached 74 degrees.

The day before that, a record was set with 73 degrees.

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