The state is deploying resources, and lowering speed limits, in preparation for snow squalls forecasted Tuesday afternoon into evening that may lead to dangerous driving conditions.
Snow squalls are estimated to begin around 3 p.m. in western New York, before moving east across the Southern Tier, Central New York, and Mohawk Valley regions.
Snow squalls combined with gusts of wind can create slippery roads and white-outs causing hazardous driving conditions. People are advised to limit travel and pay attention to emergency orders issued during the period of inclement weather.
This evening, the Department of Transportation and the Thruway Authority are lowering the speed limit to 45 mph on I-90, I-86, I-81, I-84, I-88 and Rt. 17.
"These snow squalls will hit fast and furiously and I am urging the public to avoid any unnecessary travel this afternoon and evening," Governor Cuomo said. "If you are driving and get caught in white-out conditions, please pull over and wait it out. Our state response team will be working ahead of the storm to clear the roads and respond to any potential emergencies."
SNOW SQUALL WARNING - This warning area covers the Thruway on I-90 between exit 42 and 40. Use extreme caution and expect white out conditions. https://t.co/TH4SfUcFIN
— NYSThruwayAuthority (@NYSThruway) December 31, 2019
More than 1,600 plows, 40 snow blowers and 36 traffic signal trucks will be utilized if needed.
Drivers should not attempt to pass snowplows or follow too closely to avoid visibility issues.
For updates on the movement of this weather system, check out the CNY Radar Loop on wktv .com.