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Hochul: New Yorkers Without Power After Ice Storm Should Not Stay Home

After a day of wet weather, temperatures have dropped below freezing for much of the tri-state, meaning icy conditions are likely on roads and power outages could continue to pop up

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A messy mix of ice, rain and snow blasted the tri-state area, prompting winter weather advisories for many and a state of emergency for at least one county, while leaving power outages and the potential for very slick roads for much of the region.

More than a third of an inch of ice was reported on flat surfaces in Orange County, New York, while a quarter inch of ice was reported on tree limbs and branches over in Ulster County.

As a result of all that ice, more than 25,000 customers were still without power in New York, nearly all of which were in Ulster County. The local utility estimates each customer represents roughly 2.5 people, meaning more than 50,000 people are without power as of late Saturday night.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul urged residents without power to seek alternative housing options to stay protected from the bitter cold temps.

"The tree limbs are still bringing down the power lines as we speak so and they cannot work to restore this through the night. My message to everyone is to do not count on being home if you don't have power," the governor told News 4.

"If you don't have a generator and you're out of power, please go to one of the warming centers and there's a hotline and if someone doesn't have power we need our neighbors we check nice the other but call this hotline 845-443-8888," she pleaded.

Check the latest severe weather alerts for your neighborhood here.

The rain finally moved on Friday night, and stayed dry out overnight, but not before the system deeply impacted roads, rails and especially air travel, with more than 500 flights canceled at NYC-area airports. The highest number of cancellations was at LaGuardia Airport, which scrapped nearly 45 percent of Friday's outgoing flights.

As of 4:30 a.m. Saturday, another 116 flights in and out of local airports were cancelled for Saturday as well.

Temperatures have rapidly dropped throughout the region as the front clears, which could lead to a "flash freeze" across much of the region overnight into Saturday morning. That means those areas that saw rainfall and snowmelt — a.k.a. NYC — could then ice over as temperatures drop into the teens and 20s.

A travel advisory was issued for New York city for Friday into Saturday.

Wind chills around zero can be expected, especially in areas north and west o the city — which were hit hardest by the ice and freezing rain on Friday.

Anything that freezes will stay that way through the weekend, with temperatures not expected to approach the freezing mark before Sunday afternoon, but still may fall short even then.

Temperatures do warm up a bit after that, with highs expected in the 40s starting Monday and lasting until the later part of next weekend.

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