Snow could fall as fast as 1 inch per hour.
Add to that winds blowing at 10 to 20 miles an hour with gusts to 35, and there was potential for white-out driving conditions. Visibility would be less than half a mile in heavier snow, the Weather Service advised.
A concern in the Adirondacks is that wind chills could drop air temperatures to minus 17 Fahrenheit on Saturday, meaning the threat of frostbite is high.
But in Lake Placid, the Empire State Winter Games were on and no delays announced as of Thursday. The Luge World Cup races also would also be held as scheduled, organizers said.
The mountain crews at Whiteface Resort and other nearby ski areas were jumping for joy, this being the first major powder of 2013.
The Titus Mountain website posted “Snow is Coming” in giant letters across the top page.
But elsewhere, organizations, state offices, schools and other groups were adjusting to expected wild weather.
Numerous cancellations and postponements flew via email on Thursday, among them, on Friday, Project CONNECT, the after-school program in Plattsburgh City Schools and the Bluegrass Gospel Project concert at the Peru Community Church Coffeehouse.
All Civil Service exams set for Saturday, including at Saranac Lake High School were postponed, with the date changed to Feb. 16.
SUNY Plattsburgh canceled the Omicron Delta Kappa Circle Leadership Society conference slated to bring students from 14 area high schools on Saturday.
The Wild Center in Tupper Lake won’t put on its Saturday Adirondack Ice presentation, but the museum would remain open, a press release said.
And North Country Cultural Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh canceled the “Encore” senior citizen/Girl Scout exhibition opening for this weekend. There will be a closing reception at 5:30 p.m. March 8 instead.
In Saranac Lake, while Dickson remained confident that the carnival would weather Nemo unscathed, he did say any cancellation of carnival events would be posted at www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com.