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Massena reaches double-digit inch snow accumulation on Valentine’s Day

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MASSENA - Valentine’s Day brought school closings galore and plenty of winter weather labor to St. Lawrence and Franklin counties on Friday.

The National Weather Service, Burlington, Vt., reported a high total of 10 inches of snow had fallen in Massena by mid-afternoon yesterday, while South Colton was hit with 9 inches. Potsdam saw 8 1/2 inches of snow, Norfolk got 6 1/2, and Brasher totaled 6 inches by mid-afternoon. Those totals had increased as the snow kept falling throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

“Massena also had 10 to 15 miles per hour winds with some up to 20 miles per hour. The winds can cause reduce visibility when people are driving,” meteorologist Jason Neilson said.

Schools in the northern part of the county, including Massena and Potsdam, were closed on Friday along with Seaway Tech in Norwood.

Mr. Neilson added that light snow is in the forecast for this weekend. “Right now there may be up to an inch coming down this weekend. For all of St. Lawrence County, you’re looking in the western portion of about an inch and in the Adirondack portion there might be 1 to 3,” he said. “The snow was pushing up into Canada Friday afternoon and there is a slight chance of light snow fall this weekend.”

Massena residents Colin Lucid and Ken Anderson were busy shoveling yesterday afternoon, and both said that they were definitely ready for a season change.

“I’ve been here pretty much my whole life and am kind of used to the winters. I don’t like how there’s not as much to do in the winter as there is to do in the summer though,” Mr. Lucid said.

“Compared to the last few winters this has been worse. I remember though a year when we had 40 below on Christmas Day and the whole month was below zero. At least this is not that bad,” Mr. Anderson added.

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