Heavy snow blankets upstate New York

February 7, 2018

Cathy Varin uses a snowblower to clear the sidewalk around her block as her grandsons, Dan Moore, 12, center, and Shawn Curtin, 10, right, follow behind with shovels on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Watervliet, N.Y. (Paul Buckowski/The Albany Times Union via AP)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A fast-moving storm blanketed upstate New York with several inches or more of snow, creating hazardous conditions during the evening commute.

The National Weather Service said the storm sweeping across the state Wednesday dropped 5 inches of snow north of Buffalo by the afternoon and at least 3 inches in the Albany area. Totals were expected to edge higher by Thursday morning, with parts of the Adirondack Mountains expected to see close to a foot.

Dozens of school districts around the state closed for the day as the storm loomed.

The state’s Emergency Operations Center was activated Wednesday morning

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