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Roads return to near normal

MID-HUDSON – Closing the Thruway and I-84 to traffic overnight Thursday into Friday morning was the right thing to do and worked out well for crews to clean the superhighways, says Governor Andrew Cuomo, who ordered the shutdowns as the storm began late Thursday.

The region got several inches of snow accompanied by strong winds.  Cuomo said closing the roads from Thursday night to daybreak on Friday made cleanup that much easier.

“Because we had the roads closed we did a better job clearing them so that when traffic resumed [Friday] morning, we were in a position to handle it, so I think it was the right decision and I think the facts have shown it was the right decision,” he said.

Several years ago during a blizzard, hundreds of motorists were stranded overnight on I-84 in Dutchess County when the snow accumulated so rapidly plows could not clear it fast enough.

Today, most areas will get a brief break with lots of sunshine and temperatures on average about 15 degrees warmer than yesterday.  Sunday could bring another round of winter weather, possibly a mix of rain, freezing rain and possibly some snow for much of the state.