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Storm hits northeast cities again

Natalie Fertig/WNYC

NEW YORK (AP & WXXI News)  Authorities say over 1,600 flights have been canceled at the New York City metro area's three major airports because of the weather. The Greater Rochester International Airport also has seen several flights to New York, Boston and other northeast and East Coast airports affected.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that the storm's track has shifted so response efforts will focus on the lower Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island. 

Cuomo says 400 New York National Guard members with snowplows, generators and other equipment are being deployed there. 

Cuomo says about 26,000 utility customers in a four-county area north of the city are without power. That includes about 11,400 in Westchester County, which was still reeling from Friday's storm. 

Snowfall forecasts range from up to 11 to 18 inches in NYC and its northern suburbs to as much as 20 inches in the Schoharie Valley and eastern Catskills.

All tractor trailers, tandem trailers, box trucks, and other high profile vehicles are restricted from entering or traveling on the following roadways:

The New York State Thruway from Exit 36 (Syracuse) to the New York City line, including the Berkshire Spur to the Massachusetts State Line, I-95, Garden State Parkway Connector and I-287.

Some Amtrak and bus service to NYC has also been affected.

But there's not much to worry about in the immediate Rochester area. The forecast  calls for a rain or snow shower Wednesday afternoon, with a possibility of some light snow Thursday into Friday.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.