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You may be grumbling about a rough commute and the snow on your driveway today, but winter sports enthusiasts are exuberant about the first substantial snowfall of the season.

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The state Thruway Authority says the entire length of the interstate is open, after snow from last week's lake-effect storm in the Buffalo area was removed.

More than 80 snowbound vehicles were towed from the highway to three lots. Drivers can find out where to pick up their vehicles at the Thruway website ( ).

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New York officials have announced that two state-owned ski centers will open on Sunday.

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The first snow of the season has fallen in the Adirondacks, where Whiteface Mountain has received a dusting.

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Vermont is digging out from heavy snowfall, with some places getting more than 2 feet of snow.

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What could be the biggest snowstorm of the season in Vermont and New York’s North Country has begun. Utilities and responders have been preparing well in advance.

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Schools are closed and state offices in Vermont delayed the start of the work day today. But the snowstorm that rampaged up the Atlantic coast is being met with typical New England pragmatism in Vermont and New York.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says that the state has exceeded its original winter budget due to the string of heavy snowstorms this season.

Cuomo says Thursday that operational expenses, the cost of salt, overtime and equipment repair have been unusually high.   He says the extra spending is nothing that can't be handled through the budget process.   His administration says it's working on getting the budget number and actual expenses together for public release.

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Another widespread snowstorm has led to closings, traffic delays and frustration for those in New York and New England.

More than a foot of snow is expected to fall as the storm continues into Wednesday evening. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for the entire state. Cuomo says cities and towns in the New York City - Long Island areas have already used up their road salt supplies.

Meteorologist Jason Gough's Midday Forecast

Mar 19, 2013

Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Jason Gough with the WAMC midday forecast.