December 29, 2012

Roads cleared, skiers happy

PLATTSBURGH — Total accumulation for Thursday’s storm amounted to about a third of last winter’s entire snowfall.

“It wasn’t any record-breaking snow event,” said Brooke Taber, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Burlington. “It was just a typical nor’easter.”

The storm, which roared in early Thursday, dropped between 12 and 18 inches around the region, as expected, he said.

Total snowfall for 2011-12 was just 37.4 inches.

“We were much below normal,” Taber said. 

An average winter yields 80 inches in lower elevations and 100 inches in the higher elevations of the Adirondacks, he said.

Totals around the North Country from 2012’s first big storm included 13 inches in Malone, 17 in Lake Placid, 12 to 16 in Plattsburgh and 18 in Champlain, according to the National Weather Service.


The storm kept highway departments busy.

“We were out until midnight (Thursday) night,” Town of Clinton Highway Superintendent Steven Matthews said.

His crews starting plowing at about 4 a.m. Thursday, while in Peru, the trucks headed out just after 3 a.m., said Town of Peru Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell.

A crew of 10 used eight snowplow trucks to clear Peru roads, he said.

Visibility was poor in the beginning, Farrell said.

“When we started, it was almost zero.”

All 10 men worked overtime, which is typical for a large storm like this one, he said.

They went home between 6 and 7 p.m. Thursday.

But overall, things seemed to go smoothly, Farrell said.

“It was safe. Very few complaints. So, all in all, we’re happy.”


Essex County Emergency Services Director Donald Jaquish said the storm didn’t cause any major problems there.

“There were minor incidents, the usual number of accidents.”

He said there was a near miss in Essex’s Whallonsburg hamlet just after 2 p.m. Thursday during the storm, when a pickup truck crossing train tracks on Route 22 was grazed by a Canadian Pacific freight train.

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