Finally, a real snowstorm

Thurman Supervisor John Haskell estimated that three feet had fallen in his area. I kept snowblowing the driveway again and again, Haskell said. He and his wife, Kathy, are EMS volunteers and had to be ready in case of a call. We didnt get any (calls) that night, fortunately, because Im not sure we could have gotten out, he said. Haskells assistant, Sondra Cameron, was at work on Thursday, the day after the storm, but she didnt drive herself there. I had to get a ride because my car was buried, she said. In Brant Lake, Supervisor Ralph Bentley said on Thursday that there was over two feet on the ground. Id say we have better than 30 inches, he said. Last time I measured on Wednesday, we had 27 inches. He said the highway crews had worked non-stop to clear the roads, and by midday Thursday, most mailboxes and driveways were clear along with all town roads. After working over 20 hours on their first shift, Bentley said the crews were knocking off early on Thursday to get some rest. North Warren sixth graders Clarissa Deffenbach and Brittany Shultz enjoyed their days off by tunneling underneath Clarissas trampoline. We definitely got three feet here, said Brittany. Gore Mountain was buried in 38 inches of the white stuff, allowing skiers to ski on real snow instead of mostly man-made as had been the case for much of the season so far. After the storm, the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued cautionary avalanche notices. Winter visitors to the backcountry of the Adirondack Mountains should be aware of avalanche danger and take necessary precautions, read a press release. Snows have accumulated to sufficient depths on Adirondack Mountain slopes to create conditions conducive to avalanches. Even Newcomb Central School, known for remaining open after heavy snows, was closed for two days, as were most schools in the area.

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