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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Another snow storm, this one with strong wind gusts, hit the tristate region. The snow, rain, and ice event continued overnight into early Friday, creating a messy commute for two days.

98 Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of New York, including the boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island remained closed on Friday February 14, affecting 31,974 students.  New York City public schools were open on Friday.

In Dutchess County, nine of 16 local school districts either used their maximum number of snow days or had gone over the allotted amount before Thursday's storm hit the region. Most schools in the mid-Hudson Valley were closed Thursday and remained closed on Friday.

The National Weather Service says snowfall totals range from 12 inches in parts of central New York to 27 inches in Berne, southwest of Albany. Much of the mid-Hudson Valley has received 16 to 25 inches of snow, with a few more inches forecast for the weekend.

Authorities say heavy, wet snow caused the roof to come down on a sporting complex in Rockland County, N.Y.

No one was injured in the collapse at the West Rock Indoor Sports and Entertainment Complex in Nanuet around 9:20 p.m. Thursday night.  Two workers inside escaped unharmed.

Motorists across New Jersey were facing slippery conditions from the last round of snow that fell overnight from a storm system that dumped more than 20 inches in Vernon, 16 in Butler, and 10 in Old Bridge.

State government offices, which were closed Thursday, were to reopen at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

New Jersey Transit buses and trains were cross-honoring tickets on Friday to help commuters get to and from work after a winter storm slowed passengers on the roads and rails.

NJ Transit spokesman John Durso Jr. says bus service has resumed, including in Morris County.  But Durso says buses face extensive delays and detours because of the snow.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said crews faced a 'Herculean' snow removal effort in regards to the storm that battered the city and region. He warned residents at a Thursday news conference that trash might not be picked up again until Tuesday because of the storm.

Late Wednesday evening, New York City announced that all public schools would be open on Thursday. Schools districts surrounding the city closed and that drew the ire of many parents.

When peppered about the decision, Mayor de Blasio said, "We don't shut down in the face of some adversity."

Schools chancellor Carmen Farina added, "It is absolutely a beautiful day out there right now."  That comment drew an angry response from parents on social media.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo had declared a state of emergency for the Hudson Valley, New York City, Long Island, and several upstate counties on Thursday because of the storm.

And in Connecticut, Friday brought a second-straight day of school closings, flight cancellations and reduced Metro-North rail service.

The National Weather Service reports that 14 inches of snow fell in Fairfield, while parts of northwestern Connecticut saw 11 inches of snow and the Hartford area got up to 10 inches.

Bradley International Airport north of Hartford reports nearly 30 flight cancellations, while Metro-North reduced service to a Saturday schedule.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered non-essential, first-shift state employees to report to work an hour late Friday.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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