-By PRESS-REPUBLICAN STAFF
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.”
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.
The National Weather Service recorded 18 inches in Hogansburg and 12 in Burke.
MORE TO COME
Another, smaller snowstorm, is headed toward the region, Taber said.
"We are watching a storm for the weekend. Right now, that looks like a general light snow. A dusting to several inches."
The Postal Service is asking that people keep their mailboxes clear of snow.
The City of Plattsburgh Common Council meeting that was to be held tonight has been called off, and those agenda items will be moved to the Jan. 3 meeting.
Mayor Donald Kasprzak said City of Plattsburgh offices will be closing at 3 p.m. today. Plattsburgh Public Library will also be closing at 3.
Essential personnel, determined by the mayor and department heads, will continue to address the snowstorm, according to a release from the city.
"We appreciate your patience during the snowstorm, and please take necessary precautions to ensure your safety," Kasprzak said.
The City of Plattsburgh snow-emergency parking ban has been extended a second night. No cars can be parked on city streets from midnight Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday. Cars found on the streets will be ticketed and towed. The parking ban also includes the north end of the City Parking Lot on Durkee Street.
The Clinton County Legislature’s Plattsburgh International Airport Committee and Finance Committee meetings and the regular session scheduled for tonight are canceled. The Finance Committee meeting will be rescheduled to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, with the regular session to follow at 5 p.m.
Clinton County offices will close at 3 p.m. today.
Some CVPH Medical Center outpatient and off-site services closed early. Closed are the CVPH Open MRI, Dental Center, Business Center, Outpatient Rehabilitation (Tom Miller Road, Degrandpre Way and PARC Wellness locations), Advanced Registration and Cashier's Office.
Other outpatient or off site services, including Valcour Imaging (563-1900), CVPH Health Center (562-7700), FitzPatrick Cancer Center (562-7100) and the Diagnostic Testing Center (562-1043), will close when the last scheduled patient has been seen. Calling before traveling for any of these services today is advised.
The H.K. Freedman Renal Center and the Kevin J. Carroll Ambulatory Surgery Center remain open.
For more information, contact the CVPH Public Relations Department at 562-7320.
Other cancellations for today include:
The Essex County Board of Supervisors meeting planned for today has been postponed until Monday, Dec. 31. A public hearing will be held at 9:45 a.m. that day on the salaries of elected county officers or those named to a fixed-term. Then, the year-end meeting will start at 10 a.m.
The special Altona Board of Appeals public hearing scheduled today at the Town Hall has been canceled and will be rescheduled for January.
The holiday meal planned for today by Impeerium Peer Network/NAMI-CV has been canceled, according to Program Director Sheri King.
The Clinton County Youth Court Training scheduled for today will not be held. Participants should call 565-4754 to receive the rescheduled dates, times and locations.
The Plattsburgh Kiwanis Club luncheon meeting and Radio Day Billing Party are both cancelled for today.
The War of 1812 Museum, operated by the Battle of Plattsburgh Association, will be closed today and will reopen at 10 a.m. Friday.
Plattsburgh Town Court won't be in session today. People who were scheduled to appear should be in court on Jan. 3, 2013, instead.
The Clinton County Youth Bureau has canceled its Basketball Referee Certification Clinic scheduled for tonight. It will instead be held 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, in the second-floor meeting room of the Old Courthouse Building. Call the Youth Bureau at 565-4750 with any questions.
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