Where To Put All The Snow


With snow banks reaching upwards of 5 feet in Watertown, it's hard to dig out.

That goes for snow plows, too.

Cole Paradise is a snowplow operator for New York state.

He worked during the storm and says all the snow and high winds made it nearly impossible to see.

"You get to a point and you're just right down to a crawl because you don't know where you are and you're looking for markers for where you are on the road," said Paradise.

Now the roads are clear. Well, most of them.

"Got to get the streets in a little better shape than what they are. They're passable, but some of them are rough. The main streets are decent, but some of the sides need to get some salt on them and get them plowed," said Peter Monaco, assistant superintendent of Watertown's Department of Public Works. 

So where does all the snow go?

In Watertown, dump trucks have been unloading much of the snow into the Black River.

"We're 60 feet higher than the river where we're dumping it. Where else would we put it? We got a thousand truck loads of snow," said Monaco.

Even those who rely on the snow are digging out.

Dry Hill Ski Area saw more than 3 feet of fresh powder.

It's making for a lot of grooming to get the slopes ready for skiers.

My poor groomer has been in the cat since 9 yesterday morning and didn't get out of it until after 1 a.m. He's back in it again this morning just to try to get it packed down and get the trails skiable for people," said owner Tim McAtee. 

McAtee says this is one of the best snowfalls he has seen in more than 30 years and the fresh powder is making for perfect conditions for skiers, snowboarders and tubers.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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