By VICTOR BARBOSA
POTSDAM - The National Weather Service is calling for the snow that started late Wednesday morning to end by 8 a.m. today, but other weather elements could still create hazardous travel conditions this morning.
The National Weather Service said 5.5 inches of snow had fallen in Potsdam as of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and heavy snow continued to drop on the region throughout the evening. Officials said that was the only snowfall acculation they had received from St. Lawrence County by late Wednesday evening.
It is kind of in line with what we expected so far, meteorologist Connor Lahiff said Wednesday afternoon. You guys are still looking at the 8 to 10 inch range by (Thursday) though. At around 8 a.m. you will see it tapering off and wont see much of anything more.
He added that the previously issued winter storm warning for the county that was scheduled to run until 8 p.m. Thursday could be adjusted depending on what happens.
Wednesday nights high winds along with the falling temps overnight will keep the roads messy, Mr. Lahiff said. It will be generally dry weather Thursday and Friday. Going into the weekend there will be another clipper system and that will bring some scattered showers and that will be mostly on Saturday. Temperatures will start to warm up on Saturday and then drop back down a bit on Sunday.
Robin Butterfield, Potsdam, and Vernon Bissonette, Cranberry Lake, said they were optimistic the midweek snow event could perhaps be the last of the season.
(This winter) has been worse than what younger people are used to but this is a real winter, Ms. Butterfield said. I usually spend my winters down south so really Im not used to this.
Mr. Bissonette said that while it had been a cold winter he didnt feel the region had been hammered with snow.
I think its been a lot colder this winter but I dont know if weve got the amount of snow we usually get. Its definitely been cold though, Mr. Bissonette said. Im hoping this is the last (storm). Im just about ready for some warmer weather too.
Hammond and Madrid-Waddington central schools were closed Wednesday in anticipation of the storm.
Several other schools, including Potsdam, Norwood-Norfolk, Colton-Pierrepont, Parishville-Hopkinton and Salmon River, sent their students home at mid-day. Massena and St. Lawrence Central ran their normal school day schedules and cancelled practices and evening activities.
Scores of meetings and other activities scheduled for Wednesday afternoon and evening were cancelled.
The day also kept local law enforcement agencies busy responding to a number of accidents from across the county, although the St. Lawrence County Sheriffs Department reported there had been no serious injuries reported.
Staff writer Benny Fairchild contributed to this report.