Lake effect storm could dump feet of snow on Tug Hill, southern Lewis, and northern Oswego counties

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The north country is preparing for the first accumulating snow storm of the season as lake effect snow will dump two to three feet of snow on the Tug Hill region, National Weather Service Meteorologist David R. Thomas said.

Thomas said the lake effect storm would intensify on Monday night on the Tug Hill. Snow was expected to accumulate over a foot to 18 inches on Tug Hill, he said.

Today, the band is expected to shift south, affecting the northern portion of Oswego County and southern Lewis County, Thomas said.

Thundersnow could also be possible, which Thomas said is not uncommon with an early season storm.

Snowfall rates could be around three inches an hour, Thomas said.

Tuesday night, the band is expected to weaken with an additional three to five inches of snow, with less of a chance for thunder.

The band doesn’t give up, though, as the weaker band will shift further north across Watertown on Wednesday morning bringing two to four inches of snow in the Watertown area, Thomas predicts.

He further predicts that the snow will then shift north into the St. Lawrence Valley and into Canada.

Thomas said the last of the snow should be Wednesday night in Jefferson and Lewis counties.

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