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North country in path of major snow, ice event moving up East Coast


BURLINGTON, Vt. - The St. Lawrence Valley is being listed as one of the spots that could be hit hardest by a storm moving up the East Coast mid-week.

While the event is being predicted to bring mostly rain in areas east of St. Lawrence County, western St. Lawrence County and higher elevations in the Adirondacks, the National Weather Service is predicting six or more inches of snow, sleet and freezing rain will fall in the north country from Tuesday night until Wednesday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the region, which means there is potential for significant snow, sleet and ice.

Light snow is expected to start falling Tuesday night and will change over to a mix of snow, sleet, rain and freezing rain by Wednesday morning. Cold air will return Wednesday afternoon, and the precipitation will change back to all snow, according to the National Weather Service. They snow the heaviest snow, falling at one to two inches an hour, will fall Wednesday night. Wind gusts are expected to be up to 25 mph by Wednesday night making travel conditions hazardous.

Wednesday is typically the busiest travel day of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The storm started last week in the Southwest, dropping two inches of rain in Phoenix, and has moved across the country

on a journey that will lead it up the East Coast and into the north country by midweek.

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