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National Weather Service forecasting 10 inches of snow in Potsdam-Massena

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MASSENA - The National Weather Service says that depending on which part of St. Lawrence County you live in, up to 16 inches of snow may be hitting your neighborhood today.

With the official winter season in its final nine days, mother nature plans on dropping at least one more big storm on the north country.

“In the Massena area it looks like 7 to 10 inches and the southern part of the county will be more – probably up to 16 inches in parts of the Adirondacks,” meteorologist Peter Banacos said.

“In Massena we will have near blizzard conditions (today) and (tonight.) There will be a lot of snowing and blowing and drifting of that snow. We may also see 25-35 miles per hour winds with a few gusts as high as 40 miles per hour.”

A winter storm warning takes effect for Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties starting at 8 a.m. today and runs through 8 p.m. on Thursday in St. Lawrence County. Mr. Banacos said that St. Lawrence County residents can find solace in the fact that the snow is expected to taper off by Thursday afternoon, though the warning will remain in effect.

“The worst will be on (Wednesday) afternoon and into (tonight) and there will be a time when it is coming down about an inch per hour. So travel will certainly be difficult (tonight) and through the night,” Mr. Banacos said.

The meteorologist said that adding onto the potential hazards brought on by the heavy snow will be a sharp decline in temperatures.

“Temperatures will be dropping rapidly and when people wake up Thursday morning it will be into the single digits. So people want to be very careful. That’s what we are emphasizing, that temps will dip into the single digits Thursday morning,” Mr. Banacos said.

“If people don’t have to travel (tonight) and (this) afternoon we recommend avoiding it. If you do have to, make sure you have a shovel, flashlight, charged cell phone, stuff like that.”

Snowfall rates of up to 1 inch per hour are possible at times Wednesday afternoon and evening. The storm is expected to start with light snow Wednesday morning and grow progressively worse throughout the day.

High temperatures Wednesday will be in the low 20s with the mercury dropping to 4 to 8 degrees by evening.

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