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Region digs out after storm

More than foot of snow falls in some local areas

February 6, 2014
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

Between 10 and 14 inches of snow fell in Fulton and Montgomery counties Wednesday, but the storm appeared to cause few problems locally.

National Weather Service meteorologist Luigi Meccariello said the storm, which began early Wednesday morning and continued throughout the day, dropped 14 inches of snow in Mayfield, 10 inches in Johnstown and Gloversville, and 10.8 inches in Amsterdam.

In Hamilton County, the storm brought 13 inches of snow to Wells and 11 inches to Lake Pleasant, the weather service reported.

Article Photos

Mark Gillen of
Johnstown shovels snow at the Life Christian Center Church on Route 67 in
Johnstown this morning.


Photo by
Bill Trojan
The Leader-Herald

The weather was sunny this morning, with a high temperature of 22 degrees forecast for the day and a low of 7 tonight.

The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies Friday and Saturday with highs around 20 degrees and lows in the single digits.

No snowfall was expected for today, Friday or Saturday, but Meccariello said there is a chance for snow Sunday.

He said a low-pressure system is headed to the region.

He said there is a 45 percent to 50 percent chance of snow Sunday.

"It is too early to tell" whether snowfall is certain Sunday, Meccariello said this morning.

Police reported few accidents throughout the area Wednesday related to the storm.

Johnstown Police Sgt. Steve Allen said the only incidents he knew of were several stuck cars and a tractor-trailer on Union Avenue that needed to be towed.

Allen said people were prepared for the storm and either stayed indoors or drove cautiously.

Fulton County Undersheriff Kevin Lenahan said there were two accidents during the day, but neither was serious. He reported a minor property-damage accident and an accident in which a vehicle struck a deer.

According to the National Grid outage map, no residents of Fulton or Montgomery counties were without power this morning.

Meccariello said areas of the Capital Region all had similar snowfall totals.

In the Saratoga County town of Middle Grove, 12 inches of snow fell, while in Schenectady County, Niskayuna received 11 inches and Princetown received 15.

Four inches of snow and a quarter-inch of ice covered New York City on Wednesday. The state deployed 3,500 tons of stockpiled road salt to New York City, where supplies were running low, while plows and other heavy equipment aimed to keep roads clear.

A 65-mile stretch of Interstate 84 between the Pennsylvania and Connecticut borders was closed to all vehicles until midafternoon. The Metropolitan Transit Authority said Metro-North Railroad service was reduced by 18 percent on morning trains.

Hundreds of schools were closed throughout upstate New York on Wednesday, including local schools.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 
 

 

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