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Wind warning begins Tuesday for Jefferson, Lewis and portions of St. Lawrence County

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High winds are expected to hit the north country hard beginning Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

The Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for Oswego, Jefferson, and Lewis counties from 1 p.m. Tuesday until 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Southeast winds from 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 70 mph are expected.

National Weather Service forecaster Phillip M. Pandolfo on Monday afternoon said that conditions should remain “fairly quiet” overnight Monday, but the weather will take a turn during the morning hours on Tuesday because of a strong low level jet.

Winds are expected to be the highest off the slopes of Tug Hill. Wind gusts for Tug Hill could be up near hurricane levels, Pandolfo said.

The wind gusts are expected to be the strongest late Tuesday night and overnight before calming down before dawn on Wednesday.

“This is a pretty unusual event,” Pandolfo said.

The concern from the Weather Service has to do with the direction of the wind in addition to the speed.

“We’re anticipating that the southeast winds will be capable of a little bit more tree damage only because the tree roots may not be as well fortified against that typical wind direction,” he said.

In the Watertown/Fort Drum region, gusts could reach up to 60-65 mph.

“We have seen some west-southwest flow events where the wind gusts are that strong and some of the trees are able to withstand it. But the southeast winds may prove a little bit too much for some of those more fortified trees,” he said.

Pandolfo said people should prepare for power outages with a safety kit, secure any loose objects outside, remain in the lower levels of the home, avoid windows, and to use caution if a person has to drive. They also advise that traffic is going to be difficult, specifically for high profile vehicles.

The storm will contain mostly rain, Pandolfo said.

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Weekend storm could bring high winds, over a foot of snow to north country

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The north country is under a hazardous weather alert for a storm that could bring over a foot of snow in some places, and gusty northwest winds that could knock out power in some areas.

The National Weather Service warns that travel could be difficult to impossible. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact evening commutes today, NWS said in a winter storm watch advisory.

In St. Lawrence and Franklin counties, the NWS predicts 8 to 14 inches of snow tonight into Saturday. As the snow tapers off, Saturday night winds are forecast at 25 to 40 mph. The high winds could cause blowing snow to significantly reduce visibility across the region, weakening through Sunday morning. NWS warns the high winds could cause tree limb damage and knock out power.

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