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Area residents Dig Out As Snow Abates

OSWEGO, NY – Area residents are digging out from under nearly a foot and a half of snow.

Sam Stone tumbles out of his inner tube as he slides down hill Thursday.
Sam Stone tumbles out of his inner tube as he slides down hill Thursday.

The bulk of the snow fell in the early morning hours Thursday and didn’t let up until around 11:30 a.m.

In Fulton, 4.7 inches fell Wednesday. About 10 more inches fell Thursday pushing the storm total to more than 14 inches.

In Oswego, the storm dumped 13 inches of snow.

“It started a little after 7 p.m. Wednesday and went right through the night,” according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service. “By midnight we probably had 6 inches. It finally let up around 11 a.m. Thursday. Then we had a couple of flurries go through. It has been snowing this evening, some fine snow, not really amounting to much, but covering stuff.”

A snowplow clears the snow on East Albany Street.
A snowplow clears the snow on East Albany Street.

In most areas around the Port City, there is an average of about 16 inches of snow on the ground, he added.

DPW crews had cleared the main streets and were remving snow from many of the side streets Thursday afternoon. Even though, several intersections were clogged with large piles of slush.

People were using snowblowers or shovels to try and stay ahead of the snow.

“This is like the old days,” one resident said. “A lot of people aren’t used to this any more.”

A heavy duty snow blower cleans the parking area of an Oswego business.
A heavy duty snow blower cleans the parking area of an Oswego business.

Sam Stone was finding it tough sledding on St. Paul’s Hill near Trinity Catholic School.

“It’s not that light and fluffy lake effect snow,” his father explained. “He’s been trying to make one good path.”

After a while, the youngster had path straight to the bottom of the hill. Getting to the bottom proved to be difficult as a couple of times he’d bounce out of the large inner tube he was using for a sled and plop into the snow. Undaunted, he’d run back to the top and start all over again.

More flurries possible Friday with a high near 30.

What do you do when there's two feet of snow? Make a snowman, of course.
What do you do when there’s two feet of snow? Make a snowman, of course.