Sunday’s wintry mix a relief for St. Lawrence County

Sunday’s wintry mix a relief for St. Lawrence County

MASSENA, N.Y. (WWNY) - While there wasn't the widespread ice that was anticipated across the North Country overnight, crews in St. Lawrence County were prepared for the worst.

Churches were quiet with Sunday services canceled.

A few brave souls ventured onto village streets. But, all-in-all, the ice storm people were dreading didn’t live up to its billing.

"It really wasn't that bad. I thought it would have been worse, but it isn't. Thank God for that," said Patrick Raymond, a Massena resident.

Rain, sleet, ice and snow fell Saturday night into Sunday. Volunteer firefighters staffed stations, waiting for calls. But, those were few.

"I think we’ve learned from the ice storm in ’98,” said Matthew Denner, director of St. Lawrence County emergency services.

“We were well educated from that storm. And that's what makes us prepare. We're ready if it happens again,” said Denner.

There were small power outages in Lisbon and the town of Piercefield.

But, most National Grid trucks that had staged for the storm were never needed.

“We really don’t know what it’s going to do when you live in the North Country. You wait 10 minutes and the weather’s going to change. It was 52 degrees yesterday,” said Raymond.

People on the county’s north end cleaned up the ice that had pelted from the sky as temperatures plunged overnight.

But, accumulations on wires and trees were light.

The few people out took it slow on Route 56 between Massena and Potsdam.

It was the same on Route 11 in Canton. Though, people were able to venture out on the roads with care.

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