SARANAC LAKE — Winter Storm Nemo prompted many North Country schools to announce Friday closures today, a rare measure in a region accustomed to snow and cold.
Preparations were under way in every community for impending Nemo, a name that seemed to go along perfectly with the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival “Under the Sea” theme this year.
In keeping with the tradition of toughness, the outdoor movies on the carnival schedule, set for 6 to 7 p.m. today in Saranac Lake’s Berkeley Green, would roll regardless of the weather, organizers said Thursday in a press release, unless “it is snowing so hard the videos can’t be projected onto the screen.”
“It’s a crazy idea,” Village Trustee and Carnival Committee member Barb Rice said of outdoor movies in February, “but we thought that if there is one place where a winter outdoor movie would actually work and people would actually brave the cold, it’s Saranac Lake.”
Planned are a collection of short family friendly videos instead of a full-length movie so the audience can drop in for short intervals. An open fire will be handy for roasting marshmallows, and hot chocolate will be served to help ward off the cold — the forecast for today is a high of 18 degrees.
“Despite rumors swirling about like a tidal whirlpool, all Saranac Lake Winter Carnival events will go on as planned, even with Winter Storm Nemo lurking in the Atlantic waters,” Winter Carnival Chairman Jeff Dickson said in a statement.
“Yet we certainly caution people to travel with care. We want everyone to arrive in Saranac Lake safely.”
SNOW, WIND, COLD
Nemo is poised to drop anywhere from 8 to a possible 16 inches of snow throughout the North Country, with higher amounts possible.
The National Weather Service sent alerts saying snow would start falling in northern New York at around 10 p.m. tonight and spread east. Area roads are expected to become hazardous after midnight and remain slick, especially during today’s commutes.