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    Posted January 30, 2014 by
    Watertown, New York
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    24" of Lake Effect Snow Overnight East of Lake Ontario New York


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Liberty1955 captured video and photos of a snowstorm in Watertown, New York, on the evening of January 29. He says for this winter his area's total snowfall is around 94 inches. 'Since January started, the kids have only five days without delays to schools opening in Watertown because of these storms for the month,' he said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    The easiest way to tell how much snow we're going to get in Northern New York, East of Lake Ontario, where Lake Effect snows are frequent in the Wintertime is to wait until the next day. We got 24" last night.
    Last night about midnight, I looked out the front window and was surprised.
    We'd heard that South of us about 8 miles on the Tug Hill Plateau, was supposed to get more snow.
    That's nothing new for them. They get a lot of snow.
    But the winds, about 35 miles an hour had shifted unexpectedly from the West to the South West which brought all of two feet of snow our way here in Watertown.
    People here, unlike in Atlanta, Georgia, are used to tons of snow.
    Northern New York has many plows and sanders because we get lots of snow for 6 months of the year.
    Just thought I'd share with those of you in the South what our normal day in Winter is like.

    When I lived in Oklahoma, a half inch of snow would close schools and businesses.
    So I can empathize with those of you in the South that don't see snow that much.
    Take a look at these videos and photos and be glad that your snow is the exception and not the norm.
    Liberty1955 - Cliff Olney
    Watertown, NY
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