- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Hundreds of schools across upstate New York are closed or delaying the start of classes because of below-zero temperatures and wind chill as low as minus-40 in some areas.

School closings are reported in from the Buffalo area to northern New York, where the National Weather Service says the temperature plunged to minus-24 Friday morning. Scores of other school districts from central New York to the Hudson Valley are delaying opening by two hours.

The weather service has issued wind chill warnings for most of the upstate region effective until noon Friday.

Forecasters say the arctic conditions will last through the weekend, with some upstate areas expected to get a few inches of snow accompanied by wind gusts reaching 30 mph.

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