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December 27, 2012

Storm brings more than a foot of snow to area

PLATTSBURGH — People were digging out all over the North Country today after a whopper storm brought more than a foot of snow.

“I shoveled a path at the house this morning so we could get out, but by the time we went to leave, it was buried again,” Debbie Fish of Moira said this morning.

She and her husband, John, own and operate White’s Garage on Route 11 and weren’t expecting many customers today.

“It’s awful out there. My daughter-in-law started out for Canton, but turned around. And one of our auto-parts guys coming over from Ogdensburg turned around in Massena,” she said.

“We just live in Brushton, but we could hardly get through. ... I wouldn’t go out if I didn’t have to at all,” she said. “I’d stay home.”

FEW ACCIDENTS

Most people appeared to be doing just that, with few cars on the roads, thanks to plenty of warning about the scope of the storm.

No personal-injury accidents had been reported as of this afternoon.

The snow should slow down later today, according to the National Weather Service in Burlington.

"We're looking at the heavier and steadier snow to taper of to flurries this evening," said Brooke Taber, meteorologist at the National Weather Service station in Burlington. "There will be areas of blowing and drifting overnight."

Total accumulation is still expected to be 12 to 18 inches across the North Country, Taber said.

The storm is not likely to last into Friday, though, Taber said.

"It'll stop probably by midnight ... there still may be some flurries around tomorrow."

At 2 p.m., the National Weather Service reported 11 inches of snow in Plattsburgh, Taber said.

And in the higher elevations of the Adirondacks, about 8 to 13 inches had fallen by 2 p.m.

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