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Lowville, Canton snowier than usual

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Two Northern New York communities have been walloped by snow this winter, and this weekend, more is on the way.

Both Canton and Lowville have recorded more snow than average this year, according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center in Ithaca.

The total snowfall for Lowville so far has been 120.6 inches, making it the ninth snowiest on record. The record was set in 1971 with 178 inches. The average for the area is 115.5 inches.

According to readings from Canton, the total snowfall so far has been 93.5 inches, making it the seventh-snowiest winter on record. The snowiest winter was in 1971, with 143.8 inches. The average for the area is 61.8 inches.

The Tug Hill and Watertown areas, however, have experienced less than the average snowfall this winter.

Highmarket has received 169.5 inches of snow so far; the average is 193.4 inches.

Watertown has received about 95.5 inches this year, and typically receives 107.9 inches.

A winter storm warning is in effect today for Jefferson, Lewis and northern St. Lawrence counties.

According to meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Buffalo, more than 4 inches of snow could fall during the day today. Overnight, an additional 7 inches could fall. The storm warning expires at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Forecasters are predicting freezing rain in Lewis County with a potential quarter-inch of ice, which could lead to power outages and hazardous road conditions.

The high today should be about 30, with a low tonight of about 12.

Sunday, Oswego and parts of southern Lewis County are expected to get another round of lake-effect snow.

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