Precipitation eases off, but nearly 5,000 still without power as below zero temperatures descend on North Country Monday night
Monday, December 23, 2013 - 5:32 pm

Despite the easing of precipitation following last weekend's ice storm, nearly 5,000 are still without power in St. Lawrence County.

A total of 4,857 St. Lawrence County residents are still experiencing power outages, according to the National Grid website.

The highest number of outages are in Russell, Macomb, DeKalb, and Colton. A total of 630 customers in Russell, along with more than 500 in Macomb, DeKalb and Colton, are still without power, according to National Grid.

National Grid has deployed roughly 2,300 workers across Northern and Western New York, according to a press release. The company hopes to restore service to 90 percent of customers by mid-day Tuesday.

However, the continued cold and heavy ice loads in trees has contributed to new outages, and further tree damage may continue to add new outages to the existing service interruptions, the release said.

One last bout of light rain and wintry mix was predicted to swing through the North Country today before tapering off this afternoon, but the temperature was dropping from the 20s throughout the afternoon into sub-zero wind-chill territory by tonight.

The temperature is expected by forecasters to reach about zero tonight under mostly cloudy skies before the sky begins to clear for Christmas Eve Tuesday and Christmas Day on Wednesday. A light west wind will drive wind chills to about -8.

The high temperature tomorrow is expected to be around 7 degrees before it plummets to about 15 below Tuesday night. Wind chill values, even in light winds, will reach about -24, according to the National Weather Service, but we are informed that Santa Claus and his reindeer are accustomed to the cold, living as they do in the extreme Arctic weather at the North Pole.

Christmas Day is expected to be mostly sunny with highs near 15 above.

• Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 0. Northwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

• Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 7. Wind chill values as low as -10. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the morning.

• Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around -15. Wind chill values as low as -23. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph after midnight.

• Christmas Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 15. Light and variable wind becoming southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon.

• Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13 above. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph.

• Thursday: A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 28. South wind around 10 mph.

• Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Southwest wind around 9 mph.

• Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 22. West wind around 9 mph.

• Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9. Southwest wind around 7 mph.

• Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

• Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Southwest wind 8 to 10 mph.

• Sunday: A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 28. Southwest wind around 11 mph.