- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Scores of school districts across upstate New York are delaying the start of school by two hours as arctic conditions grip the region with subzero temperatures and dangerous wind chills.

Most of the school delays Thursday morning are in the state’s eastern half, from the Syracuse area to the Adirondacks, Albany area and Hudson Valley. Pre-dawn low temperatures ranged from minus-26 in Watertown to 6 below in Albany.

The National Weather Service has issued wind chill advisories or warnings until 10 a.m. Thursday for much of the upstate region. Forecasters say the wind chill was minus-40 in Saranac Lake Thursday morning, while a reading of minus-77 was recorded at the top of Whiteface Mountain ski area late Thursday night.

Lake-effect storms have dumped up to 2 feet of snow on parts of northern New York since Tuesday.

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