December 27, 2012

Disruptions expected due to snowstorm

PLATTSBURGH — The first big snowstorm of the season is expected to cause major travel disruptions today.

The National Weather Service in Burlington has issued a winter storm warning for the North Country covering all day today and through 7 a.m. Friday.

“It’s the typical track of a nor’easter,” Brooke Taber, meterologist at the National Weather Service station in Burlington, said Wednesday.

The higher terrain of the Adirondacks will likely see close to 20 inches of snow, Taber said.

“Plattsburgh and Peru along the western Champlain Valley are probably looking at 12 to 18 inches.”

The low-pressure system developed Wednesday near Norfolk, Va., and headed northeast along the Atlantic coast toward Boston, Taber said.


“Driving conditions will be very hazardous with poor visibility, heavy snow,” Taber said.

Snow will be heavy at times this morning, he said, but should wind down by Friday morning.

Gusty winds that could create blowing or drifting snow are possible.

Clinton County Office of Emergency Services Director Eric Day advised people to stay off the roads unless driving is absolutely necessary.

“The utmost care should be taken. People just need to use common sense.”

If people refrain from driving, highway crews can clear the roads faster and more easily, Day said.

“If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency,” Essex County Office of Emergency Services advised in a news release.


Day also suggests preparing before any snowstorm.

“Be ready at home if you end up having to stay at home for a couple of days.”

It is wise to fill up vehicle gas tanks, check generators and get any items needed from the store, he said.

“A little bit of preparedness before the storm could really help you in the long run if you need it,” Day said.

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