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Winter officially arrives - with a vengence

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MALONE - If March comes in like a lion, what animal represented winter when it arrived early Saturday afternoon?

Rain, snow, sleet and freezing rain pummeled northern Franklin County beginning Friday night and continuing into Sunday, leaving roads and driveways resembling skating rinks and causing scattered, localized power outages.

Franklin County Manager Tom Leitz declared a state of emergency at 4 p.m Saturday afternoon and activiated the county’s emergency operations center. He also issued a travel advisory, asking residents to drive only when absolutely necessary.

Mr. Leitz lifted the travel advisory at 4 p.m. Sunday, but left the state of emergency in effect overnight because of a National Weather Service forecast that called for freezing rain and windy conditions through the evening.

National Grid is reporting early Monday morning that 1,953 of its nearly 19,000 customers in Franklin County remain without power this morning, with the majority of those outages being in the towns of Malone and Bellmont.

New York State Police reported several auto accidents, including three that resulted in injuries, and multiple disabled vehicles from Friday night through Sunday. Details of the accidents were unavailable Sunday evening.

Malone Village Police reported only a handful of property damage accidents as a result of the weather. Main streets in the village were largely clear of snow and ice Sunday evening.

Emergency responders throughout the region responded to multiple reports of trees and power lines fallen across roads.

Many activities, including all scholastic athletic events and some church services, were canceled because of the travel conditions.

Weather conditions across the north country varied widely. To the west, officials in St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Lewis counties reported a large number of power outages, as tree branches and power lines were unable to hold the weight of the ice that had built up. To the west, officials in Clinton and Essex counties also reported widespread power failures. To the south, warmer temperatures kept much of the precipitation liquid, so roads, branches and power lines were largely left free of ice build-up.

As the storm moved into the area, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared a winter ice storm emergency for the north country.

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