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Travel bans lifted, weather emergency continues

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Some light snow continues to fall across much of New York this morning but what's getting the attention of anyone who goes outdoors is the bitter cold.

Greece, in Monroe County has seen the heaviest snow so far, at 18 inches.

A state of emergency remains in effect this morning across much of the state.

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And the national Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning until 4pm this afternoon across much of North Country Public Radio's listening area. 

Wind chill readings this morning are expected to plunge to 38 degrees below zero with winds up to 20 miles an hour.  That means frostbite can result in as little as 15 minutes on exposed skin. 

Other effects of the storm are easing....Traffic is moving again on the New York State Thruway in the Hudson Valley after the highway was closed between Albany and New York City because of the weather.

Speaking yesterday afternoon, Governor Andrew Cuomo said the restrictions were needed to insure public safety.

"We'll have the roads closed so we'll make sure no one is in a state of danger on those roads. We can also clear the roads. People should not be on the road unless they definitely need to be. People should consider staying in their homes if the storm continues to proceed as we expect."

All the interstate travel bans were lifted by 8.

Governor Cuomo issued a statement last night saying that "Safety remains our top priority." He urged New Yorkers to check on neighbors and loved ones until the cold passes.

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