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Over 100 inches of snow in Syracuse

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A prodigious snowstorm pounded Oswego County for a fifth day Thursday, leading county and state officials to declare snow emergencies as nonprofits struggled to stay open for the needy and elderly.


And the worst might be still to come: Lake-effect squalls are expected to hang around for the next few days, according to the National Weather Service.


"We could be looking at snow here in historic proportions," said Parish town Supervisor Stephen Stelmashuck, after watching 88 inches fall since Sunday. "I had my driveway completely clear when I went to bed, and when I got up this morning, there was snow up to my waist. This is the worst it's been over a long period I've seen here."


In Oswego, two ambulances got stuck in 13 inches of fresh snow Thursday, and crews were working double shifts to respond to the flood of calls, said fire Chief Ed Geers. Ambulances in Fulton at times took more than an hour to reach Oswego Hospital just 12 miles away, said Oswego County Ambulance President Zachary Menter.


"It feels like you can never catch up," Geers said.


Weather enthusiasts compared this storm to a blizzard on Feb. 5 and 6, 1972. The howling wind and 59-inch accumulation bears a striking resemblance to that storm 35 years ago, said Oswego City Engineer Anthony Leotta. "This is extremely intense," he said.


Other storms have dumped more snow, like twin storms in 1958 that pounded Oswego twice in one month, Leotta said.


"It's a significant storm," said weather observer William Gregway Jr. "If it continues, it certainly will be historical."


Don Jennings, 75, of Parish, said he has called his son in New Hampshire while stuck indoors.


"I'm snowed in and haven't eaten in four days," Jennings joked to him. "Please send money."


Jennings said modern equipment and better roads mean storms don't have the same bite they did in the 1970s.


"It's a different world," he said. "Back then, we could have never handled the traffic we have now."

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i've lived through quite a few stretches like that - i have a picture back home where I dug a hole down in the snow and then jumped in it (back when I was around 6'2) - for fun a lot of us would jump off our houses into the snow - winter after winter it seemed we got hit with at least one or two good ones


i hope to never have to dig a car out of a ditch again, hit long stretches of ice, lose power because the weight of the snow took a tree branch then a power line out - heck, just scraping off a car is something I hope to never have to do again


although I'm sure I'll end up somewhere snowy when it's all said and done - just not upstate NY again


i know that Gee is from Wayland, NY which usually gets it pretty good - if he's still around, I wonder how much of this is making it way to the more western part of upstate

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