In Lewis County, snow in October is normal. As YNN's Brian Dwyer reports, crews are monitoring a storm that could dump a foot on the Tug Hill by Thursday night.
LEWIS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Lewis County and the Tug Hill are once again receiving national attention for snow.
Popular Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore was tweeting about the call for Tug Hill to receive a foot of snow by Thursday night. However, for those who live in Lewis County, six inches to a foot of snow this time of year is expected.
"It's the first snow coming in, so it'll be a little wet, a little more slippery, but for us, we don't get to nervous until we get up to a foot and a half, two foot before it bothers too much of the county," said Lewis County Emergency Management Director Jim Martin.
That doesn't mean the storm will be ignored. Crews will be monitoring radars, as salt trucks, sanders and plows are ready. Patrols will be out to update crews on conditions, and everyone is seemingly ready.
"We ask everyone to stay off the roads for a few hours and give the towns and plows a chance to get out there and plow it off, get it sanded and get it taken care of," said Martin.
"Irregardless of what other things may go on, we have great communication when it comes to taking care of the people here in this county in emergency situations," Lewis County Sheriff Michael Carpinelli added. "They know the jobs their doing when they pick the phone up and even if they don't pick the phone up, they're already doing their jobs. That is a comfort."
In fact, for many like Carpinelli, the snow is welcomed.
"I'll tell you what we're most looking forward to, hunting season is coming and all of us guys want to see a little snow on the ground," said Sheriff Carpinelli.
After a big first snowfall, it's always tempting to get the big toys out. However, the residents in Lewis County say no matter what the total snowfall is by Thursday night, it's not a good idea yet.
"If you run on a little bit of snow all the bumps and rocks and frozen pieces of ground are really going to hammer your sled pretty bad and cause a lot of danger," Martin noted.
Sheriff Carpinelli says people should wait until the trails open in December.