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December 21, 2013

Significant ice expected for weekend

Forecast calls for mix of precipitation this weekend

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton and Franklin counties could see a significant amount of ice as a major storm system rolls through today and into Sunday.

Northern Essex County may get ice; the southern areas rain, said Essex County Emergency Services Director Don Jaquish on Friday afternoon.

“The farther south you are, the better off you are,” he said, just after taking part in his third conference call of the day with the National Weather Service. “(But) the problem is they can’t predict the areas that are going to be affected (for sure).

“It’s so tight with the temperature (below and above 32 degrees from one spot to another), it’s really hard to predict.”

‘IN PREPARE MODE’

Emergency operations centers will open today in both Clinton and Franklin counties, staffed overnight into Sunday, when the greatest potential for ice buildup exists, Clinton County Emergency Services Director Eric Day.

“We’re here; we’re ready,” he said.

The North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross has laid the groundwork should shelters need to open, he said.

National Grid and New York State Electric & Gas were mobilizing in advance of possible power outages.

“We’ve been in the prepare mode all day,” Franklin County Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost said. 

When his emergency operations center opens at noon today, a spectrum of agencies will meet to map out protocol in the event that the storm wreaks serious damage.

Among them will be the State Department of Transportation, county agencies such as the Highway and Health departments and local fire departments, along with numerous others.

“We’ve been working with the Red Cross throughout the day,” Provost said.

It’s good to be prepared for the worst, he said, but with the prediction of an inch of ice, maximum, he said, shelters would likely go unopened.

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