Thruway Stays Open, Conditions Still Rough

BUFFALO, N.Y.- Despite blizzard-like conditions for most of the day, the New York State Thruway stayed open in the Western New York area.

Most people listened to the warnings to stay off the roads unless necessary. However, there were some accidents along the road, especially in the eastern part of the region.

"We have enough trucks out. We've got about 59 trucks all the time between Pennsylvania and Rochester that are taking care of things for us. So the amount of snow has been fairly light for us to handle. But the visibility and how fast people are willing to drive in that has been what the issue is," said Doug Tokarczyk of the Thruway Authority.

There was, however, one closure made after the blizzard warning expired. The thruway was closed for a few hours heading eastbound at exit 47 (LeRoy) because of an accident.

An earlier closure was also made on the thruway in the Central New York area between exits 46 and 40 for a few hours because of an accident.

An travel restriction along the thruway for long tandems between Exit 25A and the Pennsylvania State line was also issued Wednesday and remains in effect.

Several truckers also became stranded at a truck stop near the Thruway in Cheektowaga. Trucker drivers based in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Jersey -- among other states -- decided to stay in Buffalo overnight, choosing not to risk driving during the blizzard conditions.

Josh Love, the truck driver based out of North Carolina, wasn't quite ready for this weather.

"I knew you guys were going to get some snow," Love said, "but I didn't realize it was going to be this bad!"


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