WATERTOWN — According to Weather.com, the city was hit with a whopping 31.6 inches of snow Friday. A thick blanket of snow began covering the north country late Thursday, stopping briefly Friday morning before picking back up in full force around 6 a.m.
Around 11 a.m. Friday, the heavy snow fall had ceased, but residents were left with feet of snow to dig out from.
At its peak, snow was falling at a rate of three to four inches per hour.
Carthage saw the most snow accumulation, according to Weather.com, receiving almost 40 inches.
Jefferson, Lewis and Oswego counties were under a blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service before it was canceled Friday afternoon and replaced with a lake effect snow warning. Read more about it here.
The lake effect snow warning will remain in effect until 4 p.m. Saturday.
Jefferson and Oswego counties are also under a lakeshore flood warning until 7 p.m. Friday.
The snow picked back up Friday evening and will continue into Saturday. According to Weather.com, multiple bands of heavy lake-effect snow developed “as a low-pressure system funnels cold west to northwesterly winds across the Great Lakes.”
“One lake snowband in particular was over 500 miles long, picking up moisture from Lakes Superior, Huron and Ontario, hammering areas from southern Ontario, Canada, to New York’s Tug Hill Plateau, the National Weather Service in Gaylord, Michigan, noted.”
Mike March was seen snow blowing out front of his home on South Hamilton Street alongside almost a dozen other residents. He said he had been out snow blowing earlier Friday morning, but the snow just kept coming down. He blew about a foot of snow from his driveway before giving up until the snow let up. He was back out around noon and blew about another foot of snow with his snow blower.
Here are photos from around the north country, from both our staff photographers and readers of the Times: