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MASSENA - The accumulation expected from a winter storm that will likely be dumping snow on the region throughout the day has been decreased an initially anticipated 10 to 16 inches to 8 to 14 inches.

Peter Banaco, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service stationed in Burlington, Vt., said while that may sound like a lot of snow, he’s not expecting the storm to be severe at any specific point in time.

“It’s going to be more of a long-term event,” he said, noting maximum accumulation is only going to be about one inch per hour.

Mr. Banaco said snow will begin to develop during the overnight hours Thursday, with three to four inches expected during the morning commute.

“It could be pretty slick out there,” he said.

Mr. Banaco said he’s expecting a steady snow to continue throughout the day and night Friday wrapping up in St. Lawrence County Saturday morning.

The winter storm warning, which went into effect at 10 p.m. Thursday, is expected to remain in effect until 1 p.m. Saturday.

“We have a really big coverage area that also includes part of Vermont,” he said, explaining that in St. Lawrence County he’s expecting the storm to be done by 7 or 8 a.m. Saturday.

While all of St. Lawrence County can expect to receive significant snowfall throughout the duration of the storm, Mr. Banaco said he is expecting the southwest portion of the county to get hit the worst.

According to the storm warning, high winds are also expected with gusts of up to 35 miles hour expected. Weather forecasters are predicting the worst weather from the storm will be Friday afternoon and evening.

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