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February 9, 2013

Hello Nemo

Skiers rejoice, cancellationsabound in North Country


In Malone on Friday, Franklin County Emergency Services staff and Town of Malone officials continued their vigil on the Salmon River off Lower Park Street.

Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost said the heavy snowfall “will add weight to the ice, but we don’t know what it will do” to the situation.

He said the floodwater was at the edge of the roadway about 9:30 a.m. but not washing over the street.

They are into the third week of dealing with the effects of a massive ice jam that forced 4-foot-deep floodwater into the street and led to the evacuation of several homes in the 300 block of Lower Park.

A second state of emergency was declared Monday by Town Supervisor Howard Maneely, and he street remains closed to thru traffic.


Otherwise, Friday morning under Nemo’s influence brought snow but no reports of car crashes or other snow-related incidents.

“It’s been quiet, but they’ve just notified us that we’ve gone from a storm advisory to a warning now,” Provost said mid morning.

And they were bracing for the predicted afternoon and evening snowfall, which the National Weather Service said could bring anywhere from 14 to 18 inches to the region.

Salmon River Central School canceled classes for the day as did school districts Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake and, in fact, around the region.

North Country Community College classes weren’t held at its campuses, located in Saranac Lake, Malone and Ticonderoga. And in Plattsburgh, SUNY Plattsburgh canceled classes as of noon but athletic events still played on.


A host of postponements and cancellations were reported throughout the day for Friday and Saturday throughout the region, but at Whiteface Mountain, 10 inches of new snow before noon brought a different reaction.

“I love Nemo,” Whiteface posted on its Facebook page. Whiteface managers announced their glee over the fine, cold powder in updates, and skiers echoed the sentiment.

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