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March 13, 2014

North Country weathers Vulcan

More precipitation expected as snow brings accidents, many cancellations

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh Postal Carrier Cory Hanf doesn’t get the day off just because winter weather hits. 

“You just trudge through it,” he said Wednesday afternoon as he delivered mail on Oak Street in the City of Plattsburgh in the midst of Winter Storm Vulcan.

Cars moved slowly along the street, leaving tracks on the white roadway.

Pedestrians shuffled along the snow-blanketed sidewalks, huddled against the bitter wind that chilled skin exposed to the wet, falling snow.

“The wind is always the worst part; it’s the worse part of the job,” Hanf said, his cheeks reddened by the cold. 

ROADS PASSABLE

Vulcan didn’t surge in with the power of a Roman god, though the worst of the storm — with possible blizzard conditions — was forecast for evening into night.

Even so, “if you don’t need to go somewhere, stay home today,” Clinton County Director of Emergency Services Eric Day said Wednesday afternoon. 

If county residents must drive, he said, they should do so slowly and allow extra time to reach their destination.

“The roads are passable; you just need to slow down and take your time.”

By 3 p.m. in Clinton County, more than 10 car accidents had been reported, Assistant Director of Emergency Services Kelly Donoghue said.

Emergency medical personnel had responded to several of them, though no information was yet available on the severity of any injuries.

BUSY GAS STATION

Wednesday’s snowfall gave Dave Golembeck, 60, of Westport a chance for some fun with a snow blower he didn’t need much last winter.

“This year, I’m gonna get the chance to use it,” he said with a hearty, excited laugh at the Route 9 Mobil Station in Westport on Wednesday afternoon.

Grocery stores around the community were closed due to the storm, so the gas station was busy despite the heavy snowfall.

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