A snow day on Valentine's Day. Instead of going to school and work, folks around our region are spending Valentine's Day shoveling snow and clearing their driveways. The snow stopped falling in most places by midmorning, but that didn't stop many businesses and schools around the area from closing.
Residents say the snowfall isn't too much to handle, and some say they're glad the kids have the day off from school to help out.
"Not too bad, my grandkids are out of school today so I had them overnight, they go to Peru School so they're down helping me do a little shoveling. Crack the whip and make them work," said John Corrow of Plattsburgh.
"Nice to have neighbors with snow blowers. But it's good exercise, and it's nice to be out especially when it's 20 not minus 20," said Jennifer Creedon of Plattsburgh.
Snow removal and car towing services say the roads are much better today than last night.
The storm has provided a long weekend for a lot of folks, with numerous closures and cancellations.
About 570 schools and day care operations are closed or delayed opening across our region-- that's the most we've ever recorded since we began doing on-air listings. State government opened two hours late and many other services, like senior meal deliveries have been called off for the day.
While crews continue to clear the snow, state emergency management officials are urging drivers to stay off the roads. But most flights in and out of the Burlington airport are listed as "on time" today since connecting airports to the south have had a chance to cleanup from the storm.
And whether you are enjoying a snow day or faced with a big cleanup job, it's important to stay safe.
Here are a few tips to consider: remember to remove snow from around furnace and dryer vents to prevent a buildup of carbon monoxide in your home.
Also clear out around fire hydrants and meters.
While shoveling-- don't overdo it. You don't want a heart attack or a back injury.
And remember to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, to make sure they have everything they need.
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