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MASSENA - Valentine’s Day 2014 is proving to be a snowy one, as the storm that bombarded much of the southeastern United States earlier in the week is making its way through the north country.

The National Weather Service put a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for St. Lawrence County at 1 p.m. Thursday and it will run until 1 p.m. Friday.

Despite meteorologists forecasting approximately 6 inches of snow would hit the ground in Massena Thursday night into Friday morning, Massena’s Downtown Florist co-owner Patty M. Wells was remaining calm before the storm late Thursday afternoon.

“(The snow) could affect some of our walk-in customers, but everyone will remember their Valentines. More people may be calling in for deliveries,” Ms. Wells said.

“This isn’t our first Valentine’s Day going through a storm and we have a lot of good help here. We also have extended hours for (today.) If there’s a storm and people can’t get out, we are open on Saturday too.”

Ms. Wells co-owns the florist shop with her husband, Ken, and the duo will soon be celebrating 10 years in business on Andrews Street.

“Valentine’s Day is the busiest day so we will see how it affects people going out and about,” Ms. Wells said. “With prior storms that we have had, we got back up addresses on everything. So instead of delivering to the school or business, we would deliver it to the home so we can take good care of our customers.”

National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Schiesser noted that precipitation was scheduled to begin Thursday afternoon, but the brunt of the storm was projected to occur overnight.

“Current accumulations are 3 to 6 inches, but that may bump up to 6 inches in Massena. It will be more headed east and less as you make your way west. It will be straight snow and the temperatures (Friday) will be in the 20s,” he said Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service later elevated those numbers to 4 to 8 inches in northern St. Lawrence County and western Franklin County.

Much of the southeastern part of the U.S. has been getting slammed by snow this week, but it has now made its way north.

“The snow (on Thursday afternoon) was along the Virginia coast and will make its way up to Cape Cod and into the gulf of Maine by (Friday) morning,” Mr. Schiesser said. “The heavier snow in the county will be in the northern part, anywhere where it is closer to the Adirondacks.”

Mr. Schiesser said that while the heaviest snow was forecasted to hit St. Lawrence County late enough Thursday night to minimize travel impact Thursday Friday could be a different story.

“This morning’s commutes could certainly be impacted,” he said. “We do expect some fairly gusty winds also, around 10 to 20 miles per hour ,which can cause blowing and drifting snow.”

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