Update 2/2/2021: All tractor bans have been lifted.

A tandem, long and short, ban is in effect on the New York State Thruway for tractor trailers.

The ban is on several roadways including I-87 from the New York City Line to Exit 24 (Albany - I-87 - I-90) in Albany. All of I-95 (New England Thruway) and I-287 (Cross Westchester Expressway) has banned tandem tractor trailers.

Trailer bans are also being implemented on roadways outside of the Thruway system. Empty trailers and tandem trailers will be banned on I-84 from Pennsylvania state line to Connecticut state line, on Route 17 East of Binghamton to the New Jersey state line, and on the entire length of I-684.

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"New York is directly in the path of a major storm poised to become a nor'easter as it approaches the east coast," Governor Cuomo said. "State agencies are already in the process of deploying resources to areas expected to be the hardest hit. While this work continues, we will remain in constant communication with our local partners to provide any support that may be necessary, as well as with utility companies to ensure power outages are immediately addressed. As we know, these storms can be unpredictable, so I strongly urge all New Yorkers to keep a very close eye on the weather over the next few days and take steps to keep yourself and your loved ones safe."

All available snow and ice equipment is ready to deploy where and when necessary across the state.

1,625 large plow trucks
175 medium duty plows
52 tow plows
316 large loaders
38 snow blowers

Get up to date travel information at Thruway.ny.gov.

A state of emergency and local travel restrictions have been put into effect in New York City. The New York Police Department is restricting all non-essential travel. "New Yorkers are being encouraged to stay off the roads and stay home for their safety and well-being."

Stay safe on the roads by taking these precautions:

  • Do not drive unless necessary
  • Use caution on bridges where ice freezes first
  • If you must travel, make sure your car is stocked with survival gear like blankets, a shovel, flashlight and extra batteries, extra warm clothing, set of tire chains, battery booster cables, quick energy foods and brightly colored cloth to use as a distress flag
  • If you have a cell phone or other communications device such as a two-way radio available for your use, keep the battery charged and keep it with you whenever traveling. If you should become stranded, you will be able to call for help, advising rescuers of your location

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