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State of emergency declared in New York

State of emergency declared in New York

Today’s wintery weather has prompted Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency for all of Ne

Today’s wintery weather has prompted Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency for all of New York State.

The storm, which is forecast to dump between 8 and 12 inches on the Capital Region by this evening, is also bringing ice and freezing rain to downstate communities.

“This is a significant winter storm impacting all regions of the state and we are taking all necessary steps to keep New Yorkers safe,” Cuomo said in a news release. “I have declared a state of emergency for all counties so that we can continue our effective and quick response in communities that have been hit the hardest. New Yorkers in affected regions should stay off the roads, check on their neighbors and loved ones, and stay inside their homes until the worst of the storm has passed.”

Earlier this morning, the governor ordered a full vehicle ban on Interstate 84 between the Pennsylvania and Connecticut borders. The ban will remain in place until further notice.

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