MASSENA - Spring officially starts Wednesday but it wont feel like it in the North Country. According to the National Weather Service, area residents should see eight to 10 inches of snow accumulation by Wednesday morning, with the majority of it falling throughout mid-day and the afternoon Tuesday tapering off going into the evening.
With highs forecast to be in the low 30s, the snow will be wet and heavy, and it will probably stick around for a few days, as day-time highs should be in the mid-30s throughout the week, according to Andrew J. Nash, meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service station in Burlington, Vt.
Its going to be a mess, Mr. Nash said.
He said the weather service upgraded a winter storm advisory to a storm warning late Monday because the forecast rose to eight to 10 inches from the previous forecast of three to seven.
Massena resident Craig Woods was disappointed with the forecast, saying he was ready for winter to be over. I hope its the last (snow-storm). I want spring to come, Mr. Woods said. (But) we get what we get.
Prior to the warning issued by the national weather service, Mr. Woods felt optimistic that the warmer temperatures would melt the snow within a few days.
Norfolk resident Marvin H. Mitchell was more cautious about the approaching storm, but he said hes always ready for a storm with the way the north country is.
A security guard at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, Mr. Mitchell didnt expect the sno-storm to have a very significant impact on business at the casino. He said almost no one came to the casino during the snowstorm in January that dumped 16 inches of snow across the region, but he said occurrences like that are rare. People want to have fun no matter what the weather is like, Mr. Mitchell said. Its just another day of weather in the north country.
However, Mr. Mitchell believes that anyone who doesnt have to leave their house should stay off the roads until theyve been plowed and salted.