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      Many upstate New York school districts use up snow days

      Some upstate New York school districts are close to using up their allotment of snow days even before the latest blast of winter weather forced many districts to cancel classes for a second straight day.

      In Central New York, the districts in Utica, Dolgeville, Madison and Poland each have one snow day remaining for the rest of the school year. A number of others are down to two.

      In Dutchess County, nine of 16 local school districts either used their maximum number of snow days or had gone over the allotted amount before Thursday's storm hit the region. Most schools in the mid-Hudson Valley were closed Thursday and remained closed on Friday.

      The Dover Union Free School District took its seventh snow day on Thursday, two over the budgeted amount.

      Schools from Syracuse to the Hudson Valley are closed or delayed the start of classes Friday as the region starts to dig out from under more than two feet of snow dumped by the latest winter storm.

      The storm that began Thursday morning gained intensity early Friday morning, leaving highways snow-covered and side streets in the Albany area clogged with snow. A hotel van making an early morning run to the Albany airport only went a few hundred feet before getting stuck at an intersection.

      The National Weather Service says snowfall totals range from 12 inches in parts of Central New York to 27 inches in Berne, southwest of Albany. Much of the mid-Hudson Valley has received 16 to 25 inches of snow, with a few more inches forecast for the weekend.