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NY braces for snow, wind; possible road closings

ALBANY (AP) -- As a pair of winter storms head for New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging downstate commuters to leave their cars home in case major highways are closed for Thursday's evening rush hours.

In a conference call Wednesday, Cuomo told reporters a storm system approaching from the west could drop a foot of snow on upstate New York -- while a coastal storm may bring heavy snow to New York City and blizzard conditions to Long Island.

Cuomo said "mass transportation is a prudent option, given that highways may be closed."

As the snow tapers off early Friday, Cuomo said brutal cold may complicate cleanup efforts. The National Weather Service says wind-chill temperatures may dip to 30 degrees below zero in northern New York.

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