Hundreds of schools cancelled as upstate New York braces for winter storm

Hundreds of schools from western New York to the Adirondacks have called off classes because of a storm that's expected to dump one to two feet of snow across the region with winds gusting as high as 50 miles per hour in some areas.

School district officials began announcing closures Tuesday ahead of a storm that has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a blizzard warning for an area stretching from New York's southwest corner to the Lake Ontario shoreline in central New York.

Some schools in eastern New York are sending students home early Wednesday before driving conditions get hazardous.

Many upstate school districts had already used their allotted number of snow days before the latest cancellations.

The blizzard warning is in effect until early Thursday morning. Forecasters say 10 to 24 inches of snow is expected in some areas from the eastern end of Lake Erie to the Lake Ontario shoreline in central New York. Forecasters say wind gusts as high as 50 mph are expected later Wednesday.

The weather service has issued winter storm warnings or advisories for much of the rest of upstate New York, where some sections could get for than a foot of snow while areas in the Hudson Valley will likely get sleet and rain.

The late-winter blast comes a day after some upstate areas topped 50 degrees.