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Lake effect gives upstate New York first big snowfall of the year

The National Weather Service office at the Binghamton airport had already recorded 4 inches of snow in New York.

The National Weather Service office at the Binghamton airport had already recorded 4 inches of snow in New York.

(National Weather Service)

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Sunday, November 20, 2016, 10:41 PM

It’s snow joke!

Gov. Cuomo urged people to prepare for lake effect snowstorms in western and northern New York from Sunday night into Monday.

“With the first major snowfall forecast for parts of the state, I am urging New Yorkers to be prepared and stay safe,” Cuomo said.

“New Yorkers should take appropriate precautions now, especially if they are traveling.

“Roads may become hazardous, and I strongly encourage everyone to drive responsibly.”

The forecast called for New York City to avoid precipitation. A high of 44 degrees was expected Monday in the Big Apple.

Pedestrians cross the street through blowing snow near the state Capitol in 2014, in Albany.

Pedestrians cross the street through blowing snow near the state Capitol in 2014, in Albany.

(Mike Groll/AP)

Officials cautioned wind gusts up to 45 mph would make driving dangerous and possibly bring down power lines and tree limbs.

Parts of western New York were expected to see as much as 24 inches. The snow advisory extended into the eastern Mohawk Valley and upper Hudson Valley.

While some grudgingly accepted the prospect of snow, ski areas were thrilled — among them, Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks, which was set to start making snow ahead of its opening this Friday.

With News Wire Services

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