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February 9, 2013

Hello Nemo

Skiers rejoice, cancellationsabound in North Country

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Snowstorms are welcome by many up there.

This one was the second real snow of winter 2012-13, after a storm dropped 10 or so inches after Christmas. 

Much of that had melted in area towns and villages, leaving frozen brown yards and hills looking very un-winterlike.

Even Skufca, despite the heavy work for his Wilmington Highway Department crew, didn’t mind the incoming swipe of winter weather.

“It is a great thing. We need it for the economy,” he said. “That is what winters in the North Country are all about.”

GAMES STILL ON

Ken Aaron, communications director at Paul Smith’s College, took a vacation “powder” day and headed to Wilmington to hit the Whiteface trails.

“It’s a great day today. It’s coming down hard. When I left my house in Saranac Lake this morning, it wasn’t doing much. They had 6 or 8 inches already when I got here. And it’s still snowing pretty good.”

Like many avid skiers, Aaron kept an eye on the storm’s progress.

“I saw the weather forecast Wednesday and put in for a powder day. It was well worth it. Hoyt’s High (trail) is open,” he said. “It’s a tricky ski, but it’s a lot of fun. Your tax dollars well spent.”

As to crowd conditions, Aaron said the mountain was busy.

“There’s a decent crowd here today. The Empire State Winter Games are on, and there are people here for that, some here with their families.”

‘JUST DRIVE SLOWLY’

In Clinton County, a predicted 4 to 8 inches of snow Friday gave way to heavier, deeper accumulation.

Clinton County Director of Emergency Services Eric Day said weather contributed to some motor vehicle accidents, some with injuries. 

A car slid off the road into a ditch on Tom Miller Road in the Town of Plattsburgh near the Pizza Palace shortly before 2:30 p.m. but there were no injuries.

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