ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Schools closed around New York as the state braced for a fast-moving storm that was expected to dump nearly a foot of snow on some areas.

The National Weather Service said the storm sweeping across the state Wednesday was expected to bring 5 inches of snow to Buffalo, more than 7 inches in Rochester and at least 6 inches in the Albany area. Parts of the Adirondack Mountains could get close to a foot.

The evening commute was expected to be perilous in many areas with ice and snow.

The state's Emergency Operations Center was to be activated Wednesday morning