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Storm plows into local area

December 27, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

The area was blanketed by the first major snowfall of the season today, leaving behind some tricky driving, piles of white stuff for kids to play in and forcing residents to start up their snowblowers.

Albany-based National Weather Service meteorologist Ian Lee said by sunrise today the worst of the storm was over, although the Mohawk Valley and southern Adirondacks would probably get about a total of a foot by the time it diminished later in the day.

"What we had is a very powerful system that ejected out of the Central United States," Lee said.

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Aimee Ricciardi pulls her son Conner Benson, 1 1/2, on a sled in the snow in front of their home on West State Street in the town of Johnstown this morning.
The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan

He said that storm caused major problems in Chicago and merged with a secondary low pressure system that began developing over New Jersey on Wednesday.

Generally, Lee said this area could expect three to seven inches of snow by midday, with windy conditions and another one to four inches by tonight. There might be some "lake-effect" flurries that may hit the region Friday, but the storm will pretty much be over by then, he said. Temperatures will go from low 30s today into to 20s by Friday.

By this morning, Lee said the city of Gloversville and the town of Perth had each recorded 6 inches, and the city of Amsterdam and village of Fonda each had 7 inches.

"I think it's just a typical winter storm in upstate New York," Gloversville Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones said today.

Jones said salt crews were out doing their thing in the city by 10 p.m. Wednesday, with plows started up by 2 a.m. today. Plows were expected to be used throughout the day in Gloversville, he said.

Law enforcement weren't reporting any major weather-related problems this morning, as people today again got used to driving in several inches of snow.

"It's not really bad," Fulton County Undersheriff Kevin Lenahan said today.

He did note one motor vehicle accident involving a car off the road at about 6:15 a.m. today on Moyer Lane at Route 29 in the town of Johnstown.

Johnstown police Sgt. Jamie Allen today didn't report any major problems on his city's streets. But he urged as little travel and parking as is necessary today so snow plow crews could get out to do their job unimpeded.

"Keep your cars off the street," Allen urged.

National Grid spokesman Patrick Stella and the utility's website reported no outages for the area this morning, although he said there were some sporadic outages during the night that were taken care of.

Stella said the storm hasn't caused too many problems, especially with the usual branches taking down wires.

"So far its been all right because the winds weren't quite as high as they were expected to be," he said. "There also isn't a lot of snow on the trees."

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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