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Scraping it clean

A Glens Falls Department of Public Works plow driver clears the sidewalk around City Park early Thursday afternoon, Jan. 4 after snow started to accumulate and winter winds picked up speed.

Bob Condon, condon@poststar.com

Saturday and Sunday are going to remind us that winter is long from being over, with snow and more brutal cold on the way. Meanwhile, numerous parts of the region were dealing with flooding Friday afternoon and night.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for southern Warren County and Washington County through 7 p.m. Saturday, with 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.

But areas to the north and west will see significantly more snow and ice, with up to a foot likely in the Adirondacks and central and western New York. Winter storm warnings are in effect for Essex, Hamilton and northern Warren counties.

Temperatures will drop quickly Friday night and early Saturday, potentially resulting in significant ice.

The snow will usher in more extreme cold, with Sunday morning’s low temperature dropping well below zero and the high not topping 15 degrees.

Emergency officials from Warren and Washington counties were worried about possible flooding and ice dams on area rivers from Friday’s rain and melting snow, but no significant problems were reported as of early Friday afternoon.

The Washington County Department of Public Safety issued a flood warning until Saturday evening for the Mettawee River with minor flooding being reported in Middle Granville, but no roads were reported closed. Murray Hollow Road in Shushan was the only road reported to be closed.

A flood warning was also issued for the Hoosic River at Eagle Bridge until 12:15 p.m. on Saturday. WTEN News reported Friday night that homes were being evacuated in the Eagle Bridge area as waters continued to rise, but Washington County Public Director Glen Gosnell said he was not aware of any evacuations in Washington County.

“Our main thing we have been dealing with is the Mettawee. The river was jammed with ice and water went across the Little League field,” Gosnell said. “There was an ice jam in Middle Granville but it looks like that gave way.”

The forecast has prompted some preemptive event cancellations on Saturday, with the town of Queensbury canceling all of its Saturday activities at the school complex, including Hoopers, Mat Rat wrestling and swim lessons.

All school-community activities have been canceled or rescheduled at Glens Falls City School buildings. The Glens Falls Farmers Market which is housed at Sanford Street School has been canceled.

The January thaw also closed area ski mountains on Friday. Willard Mountain Ski Center and West Mountain Ski Area plan to reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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