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Snowstorm forces closure of government offices & courts in MA, RI, NY

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Wondering if courts are open on Friday, Jan. 2, 2014? Winter storm Hercules is forcing a State of Emergency in many Northeast states, leading to the closure of state offices and courts in Massachusetts and New York.

In Rhode Island, Gov. Chafee put the State Government Adverse Weather Policy into effect, giving state employees some flexibility when it comes to making it into work for a morning shift on Friday.

Northeast Snow Storm 2014: School closings list for CT, MA, RI, NY

Here's the latest information for all three states:

Massachusetts: The Massachusetts Trial Court will delay opening on Friday, January 3rd in all counties until noon. No first-day jurors are scheduled to report on Friday. Boston.com reported on Thursday that Governor Deval Patrick issued a State of Emergency for the state of Massachusetts. State workers are asked to stay home on Friday; the state government will be closed.

New York: Gov. Mario Cuomo issued a State of Emergency for all 62 counties in the state. There are road closures that will impact Interstate 84, Interstate 87, and the Long Island Expressway.

Gov. Cuomo urged "New Yorkers to avoid traveling and stay inside their homes." Read the entire New York State of Emergency here, including information on what's open and what's closed on Friday.

Rhode Island: Court calendars are cancelled on Friday. All courthouses will be open and staff is expected to report.

For state employees, Rhode Island's Adverse Weather Policy is in effect. A press release issued on Jan. 2, 2014 on RI.gov states that the policy will be in place starting on Friday, January 3 for shifts beginning between 6:52 a.m. and ending at 12 p.m.

The policy states: "In the event employees are unable to report for work on a regular scheduled workday, or are unable to complete their work schedule because of adverse weather conditions, with approval from their supervisor, they will be granted permission to discharge annual leave, personal leave, or leave without pay at the employee's option."

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