Storm prompts closings, cancelations

SARANAC LAKE – The threat of a winter storm hitting the area today has led to some closings and cancellations.

Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and Keene Valley central school districts were all closed. All three campuses of North Country Community College shut down in advance of the snow.

The town of Harrietstown will close its offices in the Harrietstown town hall at noon today due to the storm.

The satellite Franklin County Department of Motor Vehicles office in the town hall will be closed all day today, although the Malone DMV office will be open regular hours, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The village of Saranac Lake has issued a parking ban in part of the downtown so its crews can clean up snow prior to Saturday’s Winter Carnival parade. The ban covers Main Street, from Broadway to Lake Street, and Broadway from Bloomingdale Avenue to Main Street. It will begin at midnight Saturday morning and continue through 4 p.m. that day.

The threat of snowy weather led The Wild Center in Tupper Lake to cancel an event scheduled for Saturday called “The Frozen Visions of Adirondack Ice.” The museum itself, however, will be open.

In Tupper Lake, state troopers were ready to go in case there were any weather-related incidents.

“We’re bracing for it, but nothing yet,” Trooper Jody Winch said at 7 a.m..

The Saranac Lake and Lake Placid volunteer fire departments said they hadn’t received reports of any accidents as of about 8 o’clock this morning. Ray Brook-based state police said it was all quiet, too.