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February 9, 2013

Hello Nemo

Skiers rejoice, cancellationsabound in North Country


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.”


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.”


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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