February 28, 2013

Heavy, wet snow hits North Country

Storm Warning, advisories in effect until Thursday


---- — ELIZABETHTOWN — Elevation determined where Winter Storm Rocky dumped the most snow.

As much as 10 inches was expected at 1,500 feet over the course of the snowstorm’s travel through the region Wednesday and overnight into today, according to Eric Evenson, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Burlington.

With a Winter Storm Warning in place for western Clinton and Essex counties until 7 a.m. today, about 6 inches of snow had fallen in Dannemora by 5 p.m. Wednesday, with 4 inches in Ellenburg and about 5 inches in Lyon Mountain.

Rocky made it to northern New York and New England after disabling some areas of the Midwest into Texas, closing many miles of roads and dumping welcome snow in the Rocky Mountains.

It affected air travel for thousands, including North Country Mission of Hope volunteers heading home to Plattsburgh from Nicaragua. The group of 34 ended up taking a bus from Newark Airport on Wednesday night rather than await another flight, overnight, in that facility. 


In some stretches of the eastern Adirondacks, including the Essex County seat of Elizabethtown, snow started falling before 5 a.m. and showed a steady increase, dropping some 3 or 4 inches by mid morning.

It was perfect snowman-building material.

The heavy, wet stuff wasn’t sticking fast to roadways earlier, so most area schools remained open, among them Elizabethtown-Lewis, Keene, Westport, Willsboro and Lake Placid central schools.

A few, including schools in AuSable Valley, Ticonderoga and Minerva, had two-hour delays.

Moriah Central students got a snow day out of the storm.

The warning anticipated snowfall rates of up to half an inch per hour with as much as an inch over that same time period expected Wednesday night.

Plattsburgh and the Lake Champlain basin continued under a Winter Weather Advisory, anticipating 3 to 6 inches of total snowfall.

Franklin County, Evenson said, would get between 1 and 3 inches.

A winter weather advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties, according to the Weather Service.

“Be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.”

— News Editor Suzanne Moore contributed to this report.