Gov. Warns: Hazardous Conditions Due Snow Storm In New York State
New York has declared a State of Emergency ahead of the potentially historic snowstorm rolling into many parts of the state. I've seen a number of models with anywhere from 8 to 12 inches up to several feet of snow possible. While the exact amount of snowfall may be up in the air right now, one thing we do know is that Thursday through Sunday could be potentially dangerous and hazardous. Western New York, the Finger Lakes, Central New York, and the North Country are expected to be hit pretty hard by lake-effect snow.
Governor Hochul Declares State Of Emergency, Issues Warning
Governor Kathy Hochul warned New Yorkers today, Wednesday, November 16, 2022, to be vigilant and prepared for the winter storm. The storm is expected to dump lots of snow on many parts of New York from Thursday through Sunday. The most significant amounts of snow are expected Thursday and Friday. Buffalo may get up to three feet of snow, while the Watertown area may get up to two feet of snow. Travel conditions are expected to be hazardous. Interstates and state roads will be partially shut down starting tomorrow:
The New York State Department of Transportation has issued a full commercial vehicle ban starting Thursday at 4 p.m.
Interstate 190 - Route 62 to I-90
Interstate 290 - full length
Interstate 990 - full length
Route 33 - full length
Route 219 - Route 39 to I-90
Route 400 - full length
Buffalo Skyway Route 5 - full length
I-81 - Exit 33 to Canadian border - trucks use right lane only
The NY DOT will have 3,287 supervisors and operators available. Snow plows will be deployed in all regions that are expected to be hit by the snowstorm. Governor Hochul said,
Parts of Western New York, the Finger Lakes, Central New York and the North Country are about to get their first snowstorm of the season, which means we need everyone in these impacted regions to be ready for dangerous travel conditions. My team and I are deploying emergency response assets ahead of the storm, remain in constant contact with local officials, and are laser focused on the forecast. New Yorkers should remain vigilant ahead of the storm and avoid any unnecessary travel during these hazardous conditions.