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Cuomo declares state of emergency

NEW YORK (AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo says some major commuter highways around New York City will be shut down overnight as a coastal storm brings snow and blizzard conditions to the region.

Cuomo says Interstate 84 in the Hudson Valley will be closed to commercial traffic starting at 5 p.m. Thursday and to all traffic at midnight. He says the Long Island Expressway will also be closed at midnight in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Thruway will be closed from Albany south.

Cuomo says plans are for the highways to reopen at 5 a.m. Friday, but a decision will be made by 4 a.m.

The governor also declared a statewide state of emergency Thursday and urged people to "seriously consider staying in their homes."
He says mass transit isn't expected to be hampered.

STORM ALERT TRAFFIC UPDATE: On the NYS Thruway (Interstate 87) between exit 24 in Albany and the New York City border, the vehicle ban has been lifted for passenger cars only at 5:00 a.m. The commercial vehicle ban remains in effect until 8:00 a.m.
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