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Power restored to hundreds on Christmas day, night

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On Christmas morning, about 600 households in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties were still without power, but by the end of the day, virtually all of them had electricity restored following the weekend ice storm.

National Grid worked through the holiday to address the outages, which at their worst affected more than 25,000 homes and businesses in Jefferson County alone. As of 10 p.m. Wednesday, a single outage was reported in Cape Vincent and no outages were reported in St. Lawrence County.

Meanwhile, a lake-effect snow storm warning indicates more wintry weather will arrive this afternoon and remain until Friday afternoon. The Tug Hill Region is expected to receive 6 to 10 inches of snow, the National Weather Service said.

National Grid spokesman Patrick Stella said many of the customers still without power Wednesday didn’t lose it Sunday evening, in the immediate aftermath of the ice storm, but on Monday or Tuesday due to continued cold weather.

At least 100 crews came from all over the state to work through the Christmas holiday, Mr. Stella said.

“A lot of crews are going in and out of the area trying to get the power back online,” he said.

Power was still out for some National Grid customers in Dexter, Henderson, Sackets Harbor and Watertown on Wednesday morning, according to a power outage map on the utility’s website. By the afternoon, the number of customers without power was down to 310 in the north country.

Flights to and from Watertown International Airport resumed on Wednesday, according to Airport Manager Grant W. Sussey.

“We had some general aviation flights take off on Tuesday but commercial flights started taking off again today,” Mr. Sussey said Wednesday.

American Airlines began cancelling its twice-daily American Eagle service to and from the airport at 5:35 p.m. Friday.

Temporary shelters were set up Sunday night in Cape Vincent, Alexandria Bay, Chaumont, Dexter, Brownville and Henderson. Upwards of 30 to 40 people were reported to be at the Dexter and Henderson shelters on Sunday. The others reported having fewer than 10.

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