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March 12, 2014

North Country braces for Winter Storm Vulcan

Weather Service predicts 10 to 20 inches of heavy snow

PLATTSBURGH — As much as 20 inches of snow today and Thursday had North Country folks stocking up on Tuesday.

“Water, sliced meats, stuff for meals,” Village Meat Market cashier Amanda Therrien ticked off the groceries flying out the door of the Willsboro store. “The necessities, in case they get snowed in.”

As of 5 p.m., the gas pumps hadn’t been that busy, she said.

“But I’m sure they will be by the end of the night.”

Willsboro was taking the forecast for Winter Storm Vulcan seriously.

“They already canceled school,” Therrien said.

And on Wednesday, Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School also canceled classes for today.

ESSEX, CLINTON COUNTY READY

Tuesday night, the National Weather Service in Burlington fine-tuned the winter storm warning that had shaped up on Monday, predicting 10 to 20 inches of heavy snow for the northern Adirondacks, the Champlain Valley and much of Vermont.

Vulcan was expected to arrive with light snow early this morning, intensifying in the afternoon and continuing until about 8 p.m. Thursday.

The heaviest snowfall, at a rate of an inch or 2 an hour, was slated for this afternoon on through the night into early Thursday morning, the National Weather Service said.

Essex County Emergency Services Director Donald Jaquish and Clinton County Emergency Services Director Eric Day said they were monitoring the storm, taking part in conference calls with several other counties and agencies.

Jaquish said if the storm is extremely severe they will open the Essex County Emergency Operations Center at the County Public Safety Building in Lewis.

“We’re ready to react to what might come,” Day said.

He said if possible, people should stay home during the heaviest periods of snowfall. If you do need to venture out, leave early and take your time, he said.

‘DEFINITELY GAS’

“Everybody’s talking about it,” Chelsea Peete said from the Stewart’s Shop in Rouses Point on Wednesday afternoon, “about how much (snow) we’re going to get.

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