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Flurries finally stuck to the pavement for the first time in the season.

And it wasn’t just in the Tug Hill region, which picked up 8 to 9 inches of lake-effect snow late Sunday through Monday morning. Most of Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties received a little more than a dusting.

In Watertown, Dry Hill Ski Area owner Timothy L. McAtee measured the snowfall to gauge how early he can open this year.

“Here, we had 3 inches of snow at the base level and 5 to 6 inches of snow on the top of the hill,” he said.

He started running the snow-making machine Sunday to build a base layer as the real snow blew in.

“We would like to be open between now and Dec. 8,” he said.

Meteorologist Michael R. Pukajlo with the National Weather Service in the Buffalo area said light snow is expected throughout the week.

“There’s snow showers in the forecast, yes, but you’re not looking at significant accumulation,” he said.

He said Buffalo NWS had not received any reports for snowfall from Jefferson County or much of Lewis County by Monday afternoon.

“We do have spotters scattered throughout the region, but they don’t report on a daily basis,” he said.

He gathered from reports that southern Lewis and Oswego counties, in the center of the lake-effect snow band, received 8 to 9 inches of snow.

Although the first lake-effect snow waited until the last week of November to fall, Mr. Pukajlo said winter is right on time.

“We’ve had a really nice summer and a relatively decent fall, so people think we’re behind on the snow,” he said. “We’re going to be looking at seasonal, average temperatures for the next week to 10 days.”

Gouverneur received 0.2 inches of snow, nearly missing the storm altogether.

For St. Lawrence County, “we’re expecting below-normal temperatures with on and off snow showers,” said NWS meteorologist Robert J. Schiesser in Burlington, Vt. “We’re a couple of weeks early with these temperatures.”

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