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White Christmas likely in the North Country

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North country residents don’t need to dream, because it appears they’re going to have a white Christmas.

According to the National Weather Service, Massena received up to 3 inches of snow Friday morning, and the area near Potsdam and Canton received 4 inches. Meteorologists expect on-and-off snow showers to continue through today and Sunday, and are forecasting possible snow accumulation on Christmas day.

Some Massena residents are happy with the snowfall — but that may change the day after Christmas.

“I was at Walmart and you could see people bouncing a little in their step,” Massena resident Richard F. Ahlfeld said. “But it should pack up after Dec. 26.”

Mr. Ahlfeld suggested the snowfall has put people in a holiday mood, and might even increase late Christmas shopping. Massena resident William Sommerfield said he’d just returned from a trip to Georgia, where he was surprised to see people putting up Christmas lights and ornaments in 70-degree weather.

While the snow might make your Christmas lights look better, it also has caused some problems with travel. Mr. Ahlfeld said the plows were slow to clear the roads, which made driving difficult early Friday.

The snowfall also canceled Mr. Sommerfield’s plan to visit the grave of his late wife in Geneseo, on the one-year anniversary of her passing.

Some residents were bothered by the fact that the snow is so wet and heavy, which can make it tough to shovel and isn’t good for skiing or snowboarding.

“Wet snow like this isn’t good for anything,” Mr. Sommerfield said.

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