- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - 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 dumped up to a foot of snow in some areas upstate and forced the closure hundreds of schools.

Cuomo and other authorities are advising against any unnecessary travel Wednesday because of hazardous driving conditions.

Snow-covered roads and highways greeted morning commuters, and the 65-mile stretch of Interstate 84 between the Pennsylvania and Connecticut borders was closed to all vehicles until early afternoon. Numerous minor accidents were reported on the Thruway from Buffalo through the lower Hudson Valley.

Forecasters say the storm could drop up to 16 inches of snow in some places before it ends Wednesday evening.

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