Upstate New York

Where’s the Snow? Apparently in Upstate NY, Which May See 4 Feet By End of Weekend

More than 2 feet of blustery snow has fallen in the the area around Watertown, and another 2 feet is possible through the weekend

Snow in Upstate New York
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Wondering where all the snow is this year? It appears to all be staying in Upstate New York.

More than 2 feet of blustery snow has fallen on parts of the largely rural Tug Hill Plateau, which includes the area around Watertown, and another 2 feet is possible through the weekend.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he was dispatching 15 additional snow plows to the region east of Lake Ontario. The state also was sending equipment to hard-hit areas in western New York, east of Lake Erie.

The heavy snow in northern New York was coupled with fierce winds that reduced visibility and created high snow drifts.

"I've seen 5 feet of snow before. But this one, you couldn't see across the street," John Swinyer told The Associated Press from the Copenhagen Volunteer Fire Department house.

Swinyer, a volunteer firefighter, spent the night in the firehouse to help out and had to dig a path to get to his truck Friday morning.

"It's another day in the North Country," he said.

The National Weather Service has issued a series of watches, warnings and advisories associated with heavy, blowing snow around the state.

The low temperatures, strong winds and waves as high as 18 feet along Lake Erie left the sides of several homes encased in ice on Hoover Beach south of Buffalo, according to WGRZ.

"This storm has the potential to deliver significant accumulations and disrupt daily routines and I am urging New Yorkers in these areas to be prepared and limit unnecessary travel," Cuomo said.

The Tug Hill Plateau is expected to get between 3 and 4 feet of snow by Sunday.

All of this comes as many areas in the tri-state, including Central Park, will see no measurable snowfall for the month of February — a stretch that will last into at least the early part of March.

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