Upstate N.Y. copes with blowing snow, subzero cold

ALBANY (AP) – Homeless shelters are boosting capacity and school districts are considering closing as bitterly cold weather combines with snow and wind to make conditions miserable in upstate New York.

The National Weather Service has posted winter storm warnings through this morning in most of the state with total snowfall of 4-8 inches in western counties and 6-12 in the east. Subzero temperatures are expected, with wind making it feel as cold as 20-30 below zero.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a statewide state of emergency, urging no unnecessary travel. But Art Snyder of Ulster County’s emergency management office called it a “fairly routine winter storm,” with no local states of emergency.

At the Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany, officials expect hundreds of homeless people to seek shelter from the cold.