Weather service issues warnings for high wind, heavy snow and lakeshore flooding

Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 12:11 PM EST
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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - If you haven’t done so already, secure your Christmas decorations because it’s pretty windy out there.

The National Weather Service lifted its high wind warning at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Jefferson and Lewis counties. An advisory replaces it until 1 a.m. Thursday. Wind gusts of 50 miles per hour are possible.

In St. Lawrence County, a wind advisory is in effect until 10 p.m. Wednesday evening.

The NWS says damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages were expected.

As of early Wednesday evening, National Grid’s map showed scattered outages in the north country.

Shortly after noon, National Grid reported 800 customers lost service in the Colton area. Within an hour, officials told 7 News that 350 households were restored through the redistribution of resources in the system. All but a few customers got their electricity back by 2 p.m.

The weather service has also issued a lakeshore flood warning that’s in effect until 4 p.m. Thursday. This is for the Lake Ontario shore of Jefferson County.

The NWS says the combination of onshore flow and significant wave action may result in minor lakeshore flooding along the immediate lakeshore, especially in bays, inlets, harbors, and other low-lying areas along the shoreline. Shoreline erosion is also possible.

The forecast then calls for heavy lake effect snow in parts of Jefferson and Lewis counties. A snow warning goes into effect at 8 p.m. Wednesday and continues through 7 p.m. Thursday.

The NWS forecasts total snow accumulations of 8 to 15 inches across the Tug Hill plateau, with 4 to 7 inches across the surrounding lower elevations.

For all the latest warnings and advisories, click here.