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Snow still affecting the region

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Snow still affecting the region
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Our Brian Dwyer gives us his story on the snow in the North Country shot from his iPhone.

ADAMS, N.Y. -- You may be saying to yourself this video looks a bit funny. That's because it does. This story will be shot completely on an iPhone and I'll tell you why. Last night my driveway at home was completely clear. When I woke up this morning at about 7 o'clock, it was about this high. I'm 6'2."

The snow causing for a very hectic morning, I don't normally wake up at 7. But an alarm started going off. It wasn't my phone. It was my carbon monoxide detector. It was reading high levels. I ran outside and saw snow piled four feet high, overnight. It covered my furnace vent, something fire officials say can be very dangerous.

"With the new modern heating systems that vent through the side wall of a house rather than up through a chimney through the roof, that's a very important thing," said Bob Simpson, Adams Fire Department.

After getting that clear it was out to the driveway. A shovel wasn't going to do it. The snow blower was my best bet.

Not only did I have to get to work, but my dog had to go out as well. And in this snow, the little guy needed a path and to be watched in case a plow or car went by, trust me they wouldn't have seen him.

"We're dealing with snow banks at intersections that are over five feet tall right now. Very difficult for animals and children, but other cars at intersections," said Simpson.

So a little after 9 a.m., I finally got on the road, and made it maybe two minutes before running into this.

After closing 81 last night, many travelers and tractor trailers used the Adams exit to get off the main road.

Trucks lined the roadways. Problem is, by the time they wanted to leave Wednesday morning; they were buried in snow, or couldn't make it up the main hill in Adams that leads to Watertown.

I sat in the line for at least an hour.

Officials knew it was going to be a problem.

"We probably got 100 tractor trailers here in the village that can't make the hills. That's the problem. They need to close everything if they are going to close," said Simpson.

But my day, and others trying to pass through, our days were nothing compared to these folks.

About 150 or so people headed north Tuesday night were stuck. Most of them Canadians, whose main language, is French.

They had to take shelter in the Adams Fire Hall, an overnight stay. Quite a few remained by the time I got to it.

Local restaurants made dinner and breakfast. The local boy scouts made lunch.

And it was that effort believe it or not, that saw those people in this kind of mood as they tried to find ways out Wednesday Afternoon.

"We were directed to come to this shelter and you guys have been fantastic making sure we get sleep, food and whatever," said Luc Marion, Cornwall Ontario Resident.

"It's been quite stressful, we're not used to this kind of weather and all that's going on. But coming to this little community, this has been an amazing experience," said Dan Robidoux, Cornwall, Ontario Resident.

The Adams community even opening up its doors to those stranded.

About 40 to 50 people were put up in people's houses.

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