Weather forces closures, cancellations

A blast of severe winter weather closed schools across the North Country today.

The National Weather Service says parts of northern New York should expect upwards of 16 inches between Wednesday morning and Thursday morning.

Lower elevations could also get hit with sleet and freezing rain, making driving conditions treacherous.

The Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, and Keene Valley central school districts all canceled classes today in anticipation of heavy snowfall.

The regular meeting of the Saranac Lake Central School District Board of Education, scheduled for tonight at 6:30 p.m., has also been canceled.

The Saranac Lake girls' basketball game at Northeastern Clinton has been moved to Thursday, and the boys' hockey game at Beekmantown will be played tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.

Other school districts across the region, including St. Regis Falls, Clifton-Fine, and AuSable Valley, also closed today.

North Country Community College canceled classes at its Saranac Lake, Malone and Ticonderoga campuses, and Paul Smith's College closed as well, according to college spokesman Ken Aaron. Classes were also canceled at SUNY Plattsburgh and Clinton Community College.

The Saranac Lake Adult Center and the Adirondack Adult Center in Tupper Lake are closed today. Franklin County Public Transportation will not be operating.

Town offices in North Elba, Tupper Lake, and Harrietstown are closed to public business today - that includes the courts.

Tonight's meeting of the Lake Placid\North Elba Joint Review Board is canceled.

Jay Rand at the New York Ski Education Foundation says the Wednesday Budweiser Race Series at Whiteface Mountain has been postponed until Feb. 16.

Other closings and cancellation include: the Lake Placid Center for the Arts; the Saranac Lake North Star Chemical Dependency Program; all area Planned Parenthood Centers; the Saranac Lake Free Library; Franklin County Court; the Adirondack Community Action Program; Families First in Essex County; OneWorkSource in Elizabethtown; and the Mental Health Association in Essex County.

The Saranac Lake office of the Department of Motor Vehicles will also be closed for business today.

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