Winter Carnival welcomes winter storm

SARANAC LAKE – Snow won’t stop the show, Winter Carnival organizers say.

“Despite rumors swirling about like a tidal whirlpool, all Saranac Lake Winter Carnival events will go on as planned, even with Winter Storm Nemo lurking in the Atlantic waters,” Winter Carnival Committee Chairman Jeff Dickson said in a press release Thursday afternoon. “Yet we certainly caution people to travel with care. We want everyone to arrive in Saranac Lake safely.”

The Weather Channel has named an incoming snowstorm Winter Storm Nemo – ironic locally since the movie it recalls, “Finding Nemo,” fits with this year’s Winter Carnival theme, “Under the Sea” – and has called it a “historic, crippling blizzard,” with most of the damage will be felt in New England. Two feet are being feared in some parts of the Northeast, according to The Associated Press, but the latest forecast for Saranac Lake calls for less than a foot: 4 to 10 inches according to the National Weather Service and The Weather Channel, and 5 to 11 inches according to Weather Underground.

With its “Under the Sea” theme, the Winter Carnival schedule this weekend includes popular annual events like Rotary Show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Gala Parade at 1 p.m. Saturday and the slide show at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by the Storming of the Palace fireworks at 8 p.m.

If plans change and a Carnival event has to be canceled, Dickson said the committee will post it on the official Carnival website,