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    Posted January 7, 2014 by
    Watertown, New York
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Wintry weather 2014

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    Lake Effect Storm In Watertown, New York- January 7, 2014


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Liberty1955 told me, 'This storm is bad. I haven't seen a storm like this since 1977 and we get a lot of them. We have accidents all over everywhere. There are so many soldiers and their families stationed here at Ft. Drum, NY, from around the country that aren't used to this type of weather that they are on the roads when they shouldn't be. They've closed all the roads and schools and all activities are closed and canceled.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    6' feet of snow by the time it's over? Sure. Watertown, NY is no stranger to Winter storms. The city is usually spared the brunt of the accumulations which mostly end up on the Tug Hill Plateau just south of us by 5 miles.
    These persistent snow bands can dump record amounts of snow in a few hours.
    Lake Ontario is deeper and so remains open until late in the Winter. As the winds cross the lake, they pick up huge amounts of moisture.
    Some areas of the Tug Hill area have gotten 8 feet from one snow storm.
    But the winds are coming from the west South West today which has shifted the bands of snow to the North, right over Watertown.
    The video and first photo were taken today at 1:30pm. The second video was from last night at about 6pm.
    This storm is expected to last until 1pm on Wednesday. So bu then, the National weather is suggesting we may get a total accumulation of 6 feet with more snow predicted to fall over the Tug Hill of as much as 8 feet.
    I'll try to get some pictures of that area as the weather clears and driving is again possible.
    No unnecessary travel has been advised but as you can see, Northern New Yorkers are daunted by a 'little snow'.
    I decided to work at home on a menu design today and go out to see clients on Thursday.
    Past snow storms in Watertown, NY- blizzard of 1977

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