Snowstorm Blasts Much Of New York State

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York state has deployed more than 2,000 plows and other pieces of heavy equipment to keep roads clear during a storm that has forced the closure of one major highway and hundreds of schools upstate.

Cuomo and other authorities are advising against any unnecessary travel Wednesday because of hazardous driving conditions from a storm that has dumped up to a foot of snow on some upstate areas.

Schools from the Finger Lakes to the Adirondacks and the Hudson Valley have called off classes, while a few others are delaying their start by two hours.

Snow-covered roads and highways greeted morning commuters, and Cuomo says the 65-mile stretch of Interstate 84 between the Pennsylvania and Connecticut borders is closed to all vehicles.

Forecasters say the storm could drop up to 16 inches of snow in some places.