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Nearly a foot of snow fell across parts of the region Friday as most local schools closed for the day and property owners struggled to clear heavy, wet accumulations.

A winter storm warning was in effect for the entire region, with 5 to 9 inches of snow forecast for southern Warren County, but more to the north and west. Areas to the east, including Washington County, were expected to see a bit less. 

Many National Weather Service reporting stations in the region had already reported 8 to 10 inches of snow as of late morning.

The forecast changed overnight Thursday, with more snow anticipated than initially forecast. High winds are also expected, and power outages are possible.

National Grid reported several hundred electrical outages in the region as of early Friday afternoon, with restoration expected later Friday. Fort Edward and Greenwich were hardest hit.

Ray O'Keefe, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said air stayed colder than originally thought, and the forecast that initially called for less snow and more rain changed.

"You are pretty much in the snow zone," he said Friday morning of the Glens Falls region. "We are already up to 10 or 11 inches in some areas, and we are looking for several more inches, upwards of 15 inches for southern Warren County."

O'Keefe said snow is expected to continue into early evening Friday, with rates of an inch or more an hour at times.

Parts of Queensbury near West Mountain had received nearly 8 inches as of mid-morning, and town plows were struggling to keep roads clear. There was noticeably less in Glens Falls as of early morning, as higher elevations were forecast to get more as temperatures hover near freezing.

Police dealt with accidents all over the region throughout the day, including one involving a tractor trailer off Route 4 in Whitehall and numerous cars off the Northway, including one spate of several crashes in a matter of minutes near Exit 19 in the early afternoon. No serious injuries were reported.

South Glens Falls High was among the schools that closed, but the annual South High Marathon Dance will go on as planned tonight.

As for sports, all Section II basketball tournament games have been rescheduled for Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College and Cool Insuring Arena. 

For the latest on the weather visit poststar.com/weather.

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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