Sunday: north country dodges an (ice) bullet

Sunday: north country dodges an (ice) bullet
Ice storm (Source: MGN)

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Sunday morning dawned calm and quiet across northern New York.

Police in all three counties reported no major icing problems, and National Grid showed no power outages.

A St. Lawrence County dispatcher said there was some icing in the county, but few calls associated with it. Jefferson County dispatch reported no icing at all, nor did Lewis County.

An ice storm warning remained in effect for upper St. Lawrence County until 1 PM Sunday, with a mix of freezing rain, sleet and eventually snow forecast, though not a lot of any of it.

The ice storm warning was lifted for Jefferson County, but there was a high wind advisory for Sunday morning - gusts up to 50 miles per hour - along with a winter weather advisory, with the possibility of more freezing rain north of Watertown.

There’s also a flood watch for Jefferson and Lewis counties.

So what happened? The National Weather Service had forecast significant icing for both Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties overnight, with anywhere from half an inch to an inch of ice predicted along the St. Lawrence River resort communities and up to Massena. We expected to wake up to serious problems Sunday - power outages, downed trees. The various models weather forecasters (including us) use to predict ice showed the same thing.

But according to an early morning forecast discussion from the Weather Service, what happened was good news - the storm system that was bringing rain, winds and ice moved faster and a little further south than anticipated. In other words, it mostly missed us.

All the above said, there was some icing overnight. Another 20 churches in St. Lawrence and northern Jefferson counties cancelled services early Sunday morning - the people calling in cancellations said there was just enough ice to make things slick.

Find the complete list of closings here.

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