North Country Preps For First Storm Of Season

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With forecasts for up to a foot of snow in places, the north country geared up Wednesday for the first big storm of the season.

In absolute terms, a foot of snow - which was at the high end of the predicted snowfall - isn't unusual in northern New York. But given last winter's non-existent snow, and only modest snowfall so far this year, the predicted storm seemed like a big deal Wednesday.

Of course, the professionals took it in stride.

"It's pretty much business as usual. A foot of snow is no alarm to us," said Jefferson County highway superintendent Jim Lawrence.

Still, Lawrence had crews pushing back piles of snow that had accumulated before Wednesday night, just in case.

Jefferson and Lewis counties were expected to get 9-12 inches of snow by late Thursday afternoon; St. Lawrence County, a little less. And everywhere it was likely to be cold, as winds gusted out of the northeast.

The snow already on the ground - and the prospect of more - was a boon to ski slopes like Dry Hill.

"Winter was a little bit late, but it looks like it's coming on gangbusters," said owner Tim McAtee.

"When there's no snow in peoples'  back yards, they just don't seem to think anything can be good at the ski slopes," he said.

"So blanketing the county with snow, everyone goes 'Hey, they must be open, it must be good.'"
 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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