Thousands of homes and businesses in the Albany, New York area without power
this afternoon as crews work to fix fallen power lines across the
The storm knocked down trees, shutting down roads and forcing nearly
one-thousand schools in the area to close for the day. In eastern New York
there was a total of 225-thousand customers without power. The National
Weather Service continued winter and ice storm warnings Friday for a region
stretching from the mid Hudson Valley to the southern Adirondacks.
Forecasters said parts of the mid-Hudson Valley were coated with a half-inch
to an inch of ice.
A number of towns in the Albany area declared states of emergency, citing
hazardous road conditions. Dozens of school throughout the region were closed
Friday and Albany's airport canceled more than a dozen flights. Tree branches
and traffic lights were out in suburban Albany, creating a messy commute.