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5 to 10 inches of snow, bitterly cold temperatures expected to strike St. Lawrence County this weekend

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MASSENA - After recovering from a snow storm surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday, St. Lawrence County can expect between 5 and 10 inches of snow and frigid temperatures through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Burlington, Vt.

“What we’re expecting is for snow to develop by Saturday evening and become heavy at times overnight Saturday and into Sunday morning. This will happen as surface low pressure tracks along the eastern seaboard,” meteorologist Brooke Taber said. “It looks like the total accumulation will be about 5 to 10 inches.”

Mr. Taber added that the winter storm watch that was put in effect early Friday was upgraded to a winter storm warning for heavy snow between 4 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.

“(This storm) will be a similar event to what there was on Thanksgiving, probably a little bit more. There were some parts of the county that got 6 or 7 inches,” he said. “It will be a widespread accumulating snowfall event. It should be fluffy in nature and easy to shovel and plow.

“Temperatures (Friday night) are going to be bitterly cold and well below zero. It will only get up to single digits on Saturday. We’re going to see below normal temperatures through the weekend and into early next week so the snow isn’t going to go anywhere.”

Mr. Taber pointed out that driving conditions could be nasty on Saturday and Sunday. That being the case, he advises travelers to take extra precautions.

“Be prepared for winter driving conditions and take extra time to reach your destination on Saturday night,” Mr. Taber said.

The National Weather Service is predicting snow will develop late Saturday afternoon and become heavy at times Saturday night into Sunday morning. The snow is expected to tape off to snow showers by Sunday afternoon, forecasters said.

The snow will be accompanied by winds from the Northeast in the 10 mph to 15 mph range with gusts up to 25 mph. Temperatures are expected to dip into the single digits Saturday night with a high of 20 degrees on Sunday.

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