Empty Tractor Trailers Banned from Portions of NYS Thruway
All empty tractor trailers and empty tandems are banned from portions of NYS Thruway beginning 10 A.M. Sunday and include I-90 between exit 31 Utica.
Governor Cuomo has directed the DOT and the Thruway Authority to ban empty tractor trailers and empty tandems from portions of the New York State Thruway and some interstate highways due to high wind warnings and high wind watches. The ban will take effect beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, February 24.
National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch for all of CNY effective Sunday afternoon through Monday afternoon. Damaging winds may blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are possible. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
Empty tractor trailers and tandems will be banned from the following interstate highways:
I-90 between exit 31 (Utica) and exit 61 (Ripley to PA line)
Niagara Thruway (I-190)
I-390 from Dansville to Rt 104
I-490 from I-90 exit 45 to I-90 exit 47
I-590 (full extent)
Rt 104 at the Bay Bridge
I-190 from Grand Island to Lewiston / Queenston
I-290 from I-190 to I-90
NY 5 from I-190 to NY 179 (with a full truck ban on the elevated section of the Skyway)
US 219 from I-90 to Peters Rd
NY 400 from NY 16 to I-90
I-990 from I-290 to NY 263
The system will begin moving into the state on Saturday and bring some snow and rain with it. By Sunday, all regions will be experiencing rain, and a cold front will enter the state bringing strong winds with it.
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Power Outage Preparation:
*Keep your cell phone charged and make sure you know where your backup power supply is.
*Make sure all your flashlights have fresh batteries.
*Fill your gas tank. You can use your car to keep warm and recharge devices.
*Have some food available that you don’t need to cook.
* Download The Big Frog 104 App. You’ll receive local alerts, weather reports and more with push notification.