Lewis County Digs Out...Big Time


Time to dig out.

With several feet of snow covering much of Lewis County, that's all you can do.

"I snow blowed twice yesterday and it totaled probably 16 inches or so. And then we got another foot and a half, probably two feet last night," said Michael Peters of Copenhagen.

On the bright side? There were clear skies and a little sunshine to help clear all the snow.

"There's quite a bit. I'm glad the other plow guys are able to keep up with most of it. I just got to do the little stuff, hopefully," said Brad Blair of Copenhagen.

The director of Lewis County Emergency Management says almost two days of blizzard-like conditions made it tough for snow plows to clear the roads.

"Zero visibility pretty much throughout the whole county, so we were under a state of emergency and shut everything all down. We had a travel restriction that went on through the whole county," said Jim Martin.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the roads were clear and open to drivers.

But that was far from the case overnight.

The county highway superintendent said the wind was so bad it made snow drifts taller than 5 feet.

"I talked to one of the plow drivers this morning and he said they were higher than the nose of the plow. It was coming over the nose of the plow. So they were roughly 5 to 7 feet deep in some spots," said David Becker.

That made travel tough and digging out even tougher.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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