Winter Storm Warning For Jefferson, Lewis Counties

Winter Storm Warning For Jefferson, Lewis Counties

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Snow fell through Jefferson and Lewis counties Thursday morning and afternoon, cancelling schools and sending people out with their shovels and snow blowers.

Jefferson County issues a travel advisory Thursday afternoon until further notice.

Schools delayed the start of classes, and then many closed for the day. Other businesses and organizations also closed for the day or cancelled events.  The complete list is here.

By Thursday afternoon, there were several inches of snow on the ground in Watertown.

In Black River, drivers slowly navigated the streets, while homeowners donned coats, hats, and gloves to clear their driveways and sidewalks.

The continuous snowfall made that task a bit difficult to keep up with, but people say it's just a part of living in the village.

"I'm tired. When we get a lot of snow, it means you're getting up early to plow and shovel and clear the deck off," said Raven Ramos, Black River resident.

"I've been working at this three different rounds to try to keep it clear. Otherwise, it's beautiful," said Kim Zettel, Black River resident.

The National Weather Service called a winter storm warning for both counties  running through 1 AM Friday. The Weather Service forecasts heavy lake effect snow, with 5-9 inches falling today, and another 2-4 inches tonight. The Tug Hill will likely see the worst of it. As always, travel could be difficult, especially with wind guts up to 35 miles per hour.

As for St. Lawrence County, there's a winter weather advisory in the southern part of the county until 7 AM Friday. The Weather Service forecasts as little as 2 inches and as much as 8 inches, depending on whether you're in the southwestern part of the county, (expect 2-5 inches) or the southeastern, (expect 4-8 inches).

As for temperatures, 7 News weathercaster Beth Hall says look for a high of 35 today, and a low of 15 tonight. Looking ahead, it gets cold Friday night, with an overnight low of 3.

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