FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for the lower Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island.


The declaration means that state resources, like snow plowing equipment, will be permitted to assist local cities, towns and villages with snow removal.


The declaration also allows the state to provide local municipalities with salt and other supplies to help with the effort.


Cuomo said Thursday in a conference call about the snowstorm that there are treacherous conditions on highways throughout the region.


He says highway crews are out plowing, but the snow is falling at a rate of 2 to 3 inches in some areas. That's making it difficult to keep up.


Cuomo says many New Yorkers are heeding his call to stay off the highways.