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Mike March, of Watertown, uses a snowblower to clear his driveway on South Hamilton Street on Friday morning. He said he had been out snowblowing earlier Friday morning. He blew about a foot of snow from his driveway before giving up until the snow let up. He was back out around noon when he said he’s blown about another foot of snow. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

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:

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A bulldozer moves loads of snow from the Salmon Run Mall parking lot in Watertown on Friday morning. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

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A white Dodge Journey sits vacant with its flashers blinking Friday morning at the corner of Gotham Street and Thompson Boulevard in Watertown. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

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A man operates a snow blower to clear snow off of a sidewalk near Garland City Beer Works in Watertown on Friday. Emil Lippe/Watertown Daily Times

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Lacey Babcock, left, and Jaden Babcock lay out in the snow while wearing bathing suits Friday in Belleville. Photo submitted by Lori Babcock

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Two dogs, Buddy, left, Pepper, right, look out onto the snow around the Carthage-Champion area off of 126 on Friday morning. Photo submitted by April Tyler

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Plowing out in Gouverneur as the lake-effect band shifted north Friday afternoon. Amanda Johnson/Watertown Daily Times

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A car sits stuck in snow Friday morning outside of Whistler’s Tavern on Public Square in Watertown. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

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“When it’s a blizzard, but you’re out of chocolate milk.” Helen, 3, plays out in the snow Friday in Theresa. Photo submitted by her mom Sarah Vada

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Alivia Ondrasek, 2, and dog Bailee stand by a pile of snow on Friday in Rodman taller than both of them. Photo submitted by Kaycee Ondrasek

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Snow in Carthage on Friday morning. Photo submitted by Rob Ieppert

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A man pushes a car back into a parking space outside of Riverview Apartments in Watertown on Friday. Emil Lippe/Watertown Daily Times

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Henry Blickhahn swimming in the snow in Carthage on Friday. Provided photo by Kerry Sloan-Blickhahn

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The entrance to Spook Hill Bar & Grill in Adams sits coated in snow on Friday morning. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

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A red Jeep sits buried in snow Friday morning in the parking lot of Spook Hill Bar & Grill in Adams. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

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The view of an unplowed road in Watertown, looking onto South Hamilton Street in the distance Friday morning. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

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A man operates a snow blower to clear snow off of a sidewalk near Garland City in Watertown on Friday. Emil Lippe/Watertown Daily Times

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Oink the miniature horse stands out in the snow Friday morning in Chaumont. Photo submitted by Sarah Kingery

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Cars sit encased in snow Friday morning in a parking lot along Arsenal Street in Watertown. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

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A bulldozer moves loads of snow from the Salmon Run Mall parking lot in Watertown on Friday morning. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

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beagle dog making her path outside in the snow in Star Lake this week. Photo submitted by Kendall LeRoux Daniels

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People work together to push a car out of the intersection of Sherman and Pratt streets in Watertown on Friday morning. A blizzard continues to rage throughout the north country Friday. Alec Johnson/Watertown Daily Times

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A pedestrian walks down Howk Street in Watertown on Friday. Emil Lippe/Watertown Daily Times

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A stuck truck on Friday morning at the Adams Center-Kellogg Hill exit on I-81. Photo submitted by Patricia Linn

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Snow on Fort Drum on Friday morning. Photo submitted by Leah Goins Flint

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JayLen, 2, walks up the stairs of Maywood Apartments in Watertown on Friday morning. Photo submitted by his mom Cassandra Carter-Brown

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A look down the street near Riverview Apartments in Watertown on Friday. Emil Lippe/Watertown Daily Times

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Snow stands as high as a snow blower on Harrison Street in Watertown. Photo submitted by Devon Gillan

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“The view from inside my garage (in Champion), not getting to either one anytime soon.” Photo submitted by Tina Olley

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Snow accumulation in Copenhagen on Friday. Photo provided by Kelly Marie

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Snow accumulation in Copenhagen on Friday. Photo provided by Kelly Marie

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Snow accumulation in Watertown on LeRay Street on Friday. Photo provided by Mel Eatherington

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Joel Garbutt Jr., 9, of Carthage, enjoys playing in the snow at home on Friday. Photo provided by his mom Amber Garbutt

Assistant Managing Editor

Sydney is the assistant managing editor for the Watertown Daily Times. She handles all things photo, video and digital content related. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she has made the north country her home away from home.

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