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Snowy weather and slippery conditions made driving hazardous in northern Franklin County Monday, as evidenced by this car going off Creighton Road about 10 a.m. and rolling over on its top. At least two people with minor injuries were taken to Alice Hyde Medical Center for treatment. Donald J. Malark Towing of Constable prepares to hook up the car to pull it away.

MALONE -- A week of daily snowfall then two days of mild temperatures followed by more snow created hazards for drivers and frustration for Franklin County and state highway crews.

Five county roads were reduced to one lane of traffic Monday due to water on the roads covered by a layer of snow, said Ricky Provost, deputy Emergency Services coordinator.

The impacted roads included County Road 26 (Port Kent Road in the Town of Duane); County Road 25 (Duane Road in the Town of Malone); County Road 33 (Willis Road in the towns of Chateaugay and Bellmont); County Road 39 (Earlville Road in the Town of Chateaugay); and County Road 7 (Gale Road in the Town of Moira).

None were completely shut down, Provost said.

Bright-colored cones were placed roadside to warn drivers of the conditions, and both county and state highway workers were out to correct the problems.

Drivers navigating the slushy mess slowed down and circumvented the trouble spots.

A nor'easter pounded the North Country last week, bringing double-digit snowfall to many communities.

Lesser amounts of snow fell as the week continued, and then the weekend arrived, bringing temperatures in the mid 40s, rain and high winds.

Plattsburgh's high reached 48 degrees on Sunday, while Saranac Lake hit 50, according to the National Weather Service in Burlington.

Wes Zeldenrust of the Franklin County office of the State Department of Transportation in Malone said last week's huge volume of snow, which was plowed off the roads as fast as his drivers and homeowners could clear it, then started to clog roadside ditches.

He said the water from the weekend thaw had nowhere to go except over the highway shoulders.

"But it is very isolated. And we're opening up the ditches as fast as we can."

draymo@pressrepublican.com

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