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Cuomo avoids spat with NWS, says storm forecast was ‘not correct’

When a winter storm dumped 7 feet of snow in western New York more than two years ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized the National Weather Service and said the state needed more weather stations to better predict major storms. The comments about the nation’s lead weather agency drew criticism from meteorologists and Al Roker of NBC’s “Today Show.” Since then, he’s avoided assessments of weather forecasts when responding to floods, snowstorms or windstorms.

Until now.

During a visit to hard-hit Oneida County Wednesday, Cuomo said the initial forecast called for the winter storm to hit New York, particularly downstate areas. Much of Long Island and New York City was under a blizzard warning based on the National Weather Service’s forecast.

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  • Jess

    It hit all of NY mostly. Just some spots in South NY State warmed up a little over freezing. Geneva got 26 inches. We were in the 18-24 inch range. They also always say that if the storms track more east or west they’ll be this or that. Glad everyone was mostly okay thru it all.