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White Christmas likely in the North Country


MASSENA - North country residents don’t need to dream because it appears they’re going to have a white Christmas.

According to the National Weather Service, the Massena area received one to three inches of snow Friday morning, and the area near Potsdam and Canton received two to four inches. Meteorologists expect on and off snow-showers to continue throughout the weekend, and are forecasting possible snow accumulation on Christmas.

Some Massena residents are happy with the snowfall, but that may change the day after Christmas.

“I was at Walmart and you could see people bouncing a little in their step,” Massena resident Rick F. Ahlfeld said. “But (the snow) should pack up after Dec. 26.”

Mr. Ahlfeld suggested the snowfall has put people in a holiday mood and might even increase late Christmas shopping.

Massena resident William Sommerfield said he’d just returned from a trip to Georgia, where he was surprised to see people putting up Christmas lights and ornaments in 70 degree heat.

“Up here it’s part of the holiday tradition,” Mr. Sommerfield said.

While the snow might make your Christmas lights look better, it has also caused some problems with travel. Mr. Ahlfeld said the plows were slow to clear the roads, which made driving difficult early Friday.

The snowfall also canceled Mr. Sommerfield’s plan to visit the grave of his late wife in Geneseo, on the one-year anniversary of her passing.

Some residents were bothered by the fact the snow is so wet and heavy, which can be tough to shovel and isn’t good for skiing or snowboarding.

“Wet snow like this isn’t good for anything,” Mr. Sommerfield said.

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