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Sleet pelts northern St. Lawrence County overnight

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CANTON - National Grid is reporting 2,200 customers are waking up this morning without power in St. Lawrence County.

St. Lawrence County Legislator Jason Clark, D-Norfolk, has been updating his constituents with reports he has received from the St. Lawrence County Emergency Services Office.

“There are no outages reported yet in the Norwood or Norfolk areas although the ‘line’ is quickly approaching with a few outages outside of Potsdam,” Mr. Clark posted at 5:45 a.m. Sunday.

“The ice accumulation has increased to 1.26 inches over the past 24 hours. On a positive note, much of this accumulation has been in the form of sleet and fortunately not rain. Rain is much more easily adapted for freezing on power lines.With that said, these numbers will likely increase dramatically as people start waking up and start reporting data. Please, please stay off the roads. The roads are incredibly slippery,” he added.

National Grid is reporting 2,529 of its 43,032 customers in St. Lawrence County and less than five customers in Franklin County.

Most of the outages in St. Lawrence County are in the southern end of the county, but a transformer blew at 5:19 a.m. leaving 108 customers without power in the Parishville-Southville area. Another 46 customers were reportedly without power in the Colton area. Power in those two areas is expected to be restored by 9 a.m., National Grid said.

The situation is much uglier in Jefferson County. National Grid says 19,049 of its 55,065 customers are currently without power.

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