North country weather - from bad to worse

North country weather - from bad to worse

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Our end-of-2019 bad weather is getting worse.

The National Weather Service has called a winter storm watch for Jefferson and Lewis counties from 4 PM Tuesday to 10 PM Wednesday, New Year’s Day.

Why? Heavy lake effect snow is possible, 6-12 inches in the worst hit areas (think Tug Hill). 7 News weathercaster Kris Hudson says the rest of the area gets 1-5 inches.

That’s on top of the winter storm warning that now takes in all of St. Lawrence County until 1 PM Tuesday. Ice, up to three quarters of an inch, and 1-3 inches of snow are forecast. (The forecast for a winter storm was originally targeted only at the Star Lake area.)

In general, the further north you drove from Watertown Monday, the worse it got. There was a glaze of ice at mid-day along Route 81 by LaFargeville, and along the road to Canada across Wellesley Island.

Icing took place across much of St. Lawrence County Monday morning and afternoon, but - unusually - there were not widespread power outages. As of 5 PM, there were about 600 National Grid customers affected in the Madrid, Potsdam and Norwood areas. But Massena’s electric utility reported no outages, and the airport in Massena was open.

“The general public seeing it coming, the forecast, so they kind of stayed off the roads a lot," Matt Denner, St. Lawrence County Emergency Services Director, said.

“We ended up seeing a couple vehicles off the road. A tractor trailer in Potsdam jackknifed. We had a few lines down a few tree branches down.”

On the roads, plow crews were out Sunday night, pre-treating roads with ice-melt. That meant they had a jump on the ice in the morning. Now the question is, what comes next?

“Tomorrow will be a new day and we’ll see where we go tomorrow," said Terry Billings, Town of Canton highway superintendent.

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