Some Golf As Others Brace For Snow StormPosted: Updated:
Monday was a sunny and 50 degree day in December.
For James Harberson, it's a perfect day to pack up his golf clubs and hit the links.
"I wanted to get in a few more holes before the snow comes," he said.
That's right. The first big snowstorm of the year is on its way.
But it's nothing out of the ordinary during December in the north country. What is unusual is how warm the temperatures are leading up to the storm.
"We've had some fairly warm temperatures and the lakes are not quite as cool and so as we get this very cold air moving over these warm waters, that gives us a much larger temperature difference and that's the key to these lake bands as how intense they are," said Mark Wysocki, Cornell University Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.
Forecasters say the Watertown area could see 1 to 3 inches of snow per hour on Wednesday.
And that means people who plow the roads will have their hands full.
At the state Department of Transportation barn, there are piles of salt and the plows are ready to roll.
"We're just making sure the crews are all in, the equipment's ready to go. Starting tomorrow we'll have things fueled up full of salt and we'll be getting salt down ahead of the storm," said Mike Flick, DOT spokesperson.
And town highway barns are preparing as well. The town of Pamelia has been ready for the snow to fall since October.
"You never know when the snow's gonna hit," said Bruce Call, town of Pamelia highway superintendent.
The department has two new plow trucks, making the job a little bit easier this season.
"They're state of the art, pretty much. Quite an upgrade from the trucks that we had. They were 15 to 20 years old," said Call.
Highway superintendents say their drivers will be out plowing 12 to 13 hour shifts to keep the roads clear.