(WKTV) - Parts of the New York State Thruway in Western New York will be closed Monday because of extreme winter weather, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
The Thruway between Exit 55 (Route 219/Lackawanna/Springville/Orchard Park/West Seneca) and Exit 61 (Shortman Road, Ripley) closed to commercial traffic at 3 p.m. Monday. At 8 p.m., all vehicles traveling westbound will be detoured off the roadway at Exit 50 (I-290 West) and all eastbound traffic will be detoured off at Exit 61 (Shortman Road, Ripley).
The State Emergency Operations Center will be opened at 8 p.m. tonight in Buffalo and Western New York.
The closure is a precautionary measure because of a forecast that includes three feet of snow in the next day. Lake effect snows in some areas will produce four inches per hour, with wind gusts up to 40 mph and wind chill temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero.
The Thruway in the area will be reopened as conditions allow.
Those going to Pennsylvania and points west should exit the Thruway at Exit 46 (Henrietta) to I-390 southbound and then to I-86 westbound into Pennsylvania. Eastbound travelers in Pennsylvania should exit at I-86 eastbound and then continue north on I-390 to the Thruway in Henrietta.