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St. Lawrence County braces for storm ahead of Turkey Day


MASSENA - Holiday commutes and plans could be threatened over the next couple of days, as St. Lawrence County, as well as much of the east coast, is awaiting a potentially heavy snow storm.

The St. Lawrence Valley has been listed as one of the spots that could be hit hardest by the storm, which is predicted to include snow, sleet and freezing rain.

“Across Northern New York there will be more frozen precipitation than rain. That could change. We’re still 24 to 36 hours out,” National Weather Service meteorologist Conor Lahiff said Monday. “This is going to be your classic nor’easter.”

Mr. Lahiff added that St. Lawrence County should be getting more snow than some others areas of the state.

Meteorologists are expecting the storm to start Tuesday night, last through most of the day Wednesday, and subside by Thursday morning.

“(Tuesday) evening between 8 p.m. and 12 a.m. it will start out as snow and then maybe there will be some other precipitation. Then as you move through the day Wednesday, more colder air will be wrapping into the storm, changing the precipitation back to all snow,” Mr. Lahiff said.

“Right now, the initial stuff that will be falling Tuesday night, in the general sense will be between 3 and 6 inches. For the morning hours of Wednesday, there could be some ice mixed in in the southern parts of the county. It will more likely end by Wednesday night and into Thanksgiving morning with an additional 3 to 6 inches on that back side.”

Some businesses in the area have been benefiting from the projected nor’easter, seeing winter supplies in high demand. Whether the stores have seen extra customers already or not, the consensus seems to be that they are ready.

“A lot of ice melt has been selling out today. That has been very popular,” Smith’s True Value Vice President Bill Hutchison, Massena, said.

“We are all ready for (the customers.) We have plenty of ice melts and shovels. We have plenty to get through the first storm, and we get deliveries twice a week and it isn’t hard to get it,” Evans & White Ace Hardware Manager John White added.

Triple “A” Building Center Director of Marketing John Schneider said that he feels people haven’t had the “sense of urgency” yet when it comes to storm preparations. With that being said, he noted that ice melt has been a popular purchase lately.

“Ice melt has been selling because we had the freeze over the weekend. That started moving really well. It hadn’t really moved because of the nice fall up until now,” Mr. Schneider said. “Two shipments per week come here to Massena, so we should be all stocked up and ready for anything.”

Despite the nasty weather predictions, some people in the area are not worried with the potential threats, due to past experiences.

“We’ve lived in winter-type conditions most of our lives, so we’re pretty much used to it. We’re ready for anything that comes our way,” Erik Lawson said.

“I’ve already got all my supplies,” Cornwall resident Chad MacDonell added. “When the storm hits, I may try to drive a little less, but for the most part I don’t change too much. Just be careful and drive slow.”

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the region from 5 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Thursday, signifying that significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected. Strong winds are also possible.

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