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Freezing rain causes power outages in northern New York

By WKTV News

As of Sunday morning more than 60,000 people were without power in New York, quite a few of them in Jefferson County.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared an ice storm emergency for northern and western parts of the state.

Cuomo said he's also activated the state Emergency Operations Center.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for Genesee, Monroe, Niagara, Northern Erie, and Orleans Counties from Saturday night through Sunday night. It's also issued a winter storm warning for Jefferson and Lewis Counties.

Cuomo says driving is expected to be dangerous as the combination of melting snow and incoming rain could cause moderate flooding.

Department of Transportation officials have readied 1,468 plows ahead of the storm. Ice accumulation could reach an inch.

States of emergency have been declared in Clinton, Essex, Franklin and St. Lawrence Counties.

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