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Arctic cold forces school closures & delays in upstate NY

By the Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Several dozen schools across upstate New York have canceled classes or are delaying their start because of dangerously low temperatures.

The National Weather Service has issued wind chill advisories and warnings for much of the region, including the Adirondacks where the low was 36 below in Saranac Lake early Monday morning.

Wind chill warnings are in effect until 9 a.m. Monday in parts of the North Country and from the Mohawk Valley to the mid Hudson Valley. Wind chill advisories have been issued for much of western New York.

Forecasters say in some northern areas, it feels like 40 below with the wind chill.

Many schools in areas along Lake Erie and Lake Ontario have called off classes, while some in eastern New York are opening two hours late because of the frigid conditions.

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