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Weekend snow totals reach 12 inches as month closes with a flurry

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MASSENA - The calendar may have said Sunday was opening day of the 2014 major league baseball season, but the St. Lawrence County weekend weather looked a lot more like Christmas.

Mother Nature was not joking around a mere two days ahead of a national day of trickery on April 1, as Northern New York saw snow totals between five and 12 inches Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Parishville led the pace with 12 inches of accumulation, while Gouverneur was hit with 9 inches and Potsdam had 5 inches. Accumulation numbers were not available for Massena Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

“Normally for this time of year, these (snow storms) are hard to forecast well in advance. We don’t see any storms in the next five days, but to say that we are completely out of the woods, we can’t say that,” National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Schiesser said. “It was definitely out of the ordinary.”

The Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University stores weather data dating back to 1937 for Gouverneur. According to climatologist Samantha Borisoff, history was made in the municipality with the most recent snow storm.

“For March 30, that 9 inches was the largest one day snow total. It also was the largest one day snow total for the end of the month, which we classify as March 30 or 31,” she said. “The month of April has had one day totals of 4 inches or more 20 times in Gouverneur in all.”

Ms. Borisoff said Gouverneur is the only site in the county that has data on file at the climate center.

Mr. Schiesser said it may be a while yet before the snow yields to mud and grass.

“I would like it to go away but no it won’t all go away. Tuesday we should be fairly mild in the mid-40s. It looks like through mid-week you should be good,” he said. “The next chance of precipitation will be around Thursday and Friday. There will be some melting going on this week with the warmer temperatures. It won’t be a rapid melt, but more of a gradual melting,” he said.

“We still could get hit with a storm or two in the next week or two. Whether it will be rain or snow, it’s still too early to tell.”

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