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"Given the poor weather forecast, we made an early decision to cancel Friday's racing so as to minimize any inconvenience to our customers, horsemen and employees," said Eric Wing, director of communications for NYRA.
Moore, director of athletic communications at Syracuse, said he was not aware of any cancellations.
New York City and its northern suburbs were under a winter storm warning and Long Island was under a blizzard warning, with wind gusts up to Giuseppe Zanotti Slippers
45 mph and up to 10 inches of snow predicted by Friday, the National Weather Service said. Areas from Buffalo to Albany were expecting up to 14 inches.
The University of Miami men's basketball team was scheduled to practice in Syracuse University's Carrier Dome on Friday night in preparation for the Hurricanes' Atlantic Coast Conference opener against the No.2 Orange on Saturday. Pete Jimmy Choo Luxurious Shoes
Elsewhere, live racing at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa. was canceled for Thursday night due to the impending snowstorm.
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Also, with the NFL's Wild Card playoffs this weekend, three out of four games are expected to be played in temperatures under 40 degrees. Football games will be played outdoors in Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Green Bay, while the contest in Indianapolis will be played inside. Temperatures in Green Bay are expected to remain below freezing for the entirety of the Packers' game against the San Francisco 49ers.
A weather service forecaster said cold temperatures would be as significant as the snowfall. A high temperature of 15 was predicted for Friday in New York City, which would make it the coldest day there since Jan. 10, 2004, while wind chills as low as 15 degrees below zero were expected.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the Long Island Expressway would close at midnight in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the New York State Thruway will be closed from Albany south to New York City. Friday.
"This is the perfect storm," USA Luge spokesman Sandy Caligiore said. "The entire region is getting snow, and there is cold weather to also continue snowmaking. The combination of more natural and man made snow will create excellent conditions for the Norton Luge Challenge. It's possible that we could discover some future Olympians on that hill."
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"We're supposed to get somewhere between three and five inches," said Fred Lipkin, director of marketing. "It's really gray. The winter hasn't been that great."
Thursday night, and the home team gave fans who didn't want to drive to the Jimmy Choo Boots Gold game the option of exchanging tickets for a future weekday game this season, starting Saturday. As an added benefit for fans who did attend Thursday night's game, hot dogs and sodas were $2 apiece and the fans also will be able to exchange a used ticket voucher under the same policy, though ticket exchanges are subject to certain restrictions, including ticket availability.
Winter Storm Hercules began hit the Northeast on Thursday and Friday, forcing the New York Racing Association to alter its schedule and prompting the New York Islanders to offer fans a nice option.
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The central Pennsylvania track, which also had a day wiped out last week by the weather, will resume live racing on Friday night."If we get three to five inches, we'll have another one (cancellation) tomorrow," Lipkin said. The late afternoon temperature on Thursday in New York's Olympic village was minus 9 and was expected to reach nearly 20 below on Friday night. "It's just cold I mean, cold."
The storm couldn't have come at a better time for USA Luge. It's hosting an event at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Massachusetts a week from Saturday, where sports enthusiasts will be able to experience the sport with help from USA Luge Olympians, international medalists and coaches.
In Hamden, Conn., the men's basketball game scheduled for Thursday night between Iona and Quinnipiac also was postponed. It was rescheduled for Monday night.
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