Winter Storm Harper is halting travel on the New York State Thruway. Governor Andrew Cuomo is banning tractor trailers and buses on the entire Thruway system out of an abundance of caution.

Safety is our number one priority and with the anticipated storm impacting most of New York State, we are implementing this ban on tractor trailers and buses so our plow operators, fire, law enforcement and emergency personnel can keep roads clean and respond to emergencies as quickly as possible," Governor Cuomo said. "I am also urging drivers to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary."

The ban will be in effect from 3:00 p.m. Saturday (1/19) and will last for the duration of the storm.

Tractor trailers and buses will be banned from the following interstate highways:

DOT Highways:
I-88 from Binghamton to Albany
I-86/Rt 17 from PA border to I-87 (entire length)
I-81 from PA Border to Canadian Border
I-84 from PA Border to CT Border
I-684 from I-287 to I-84
I-87 from Albany to Canadian Border
I-390 from I-86 to I-90
I-99 from PA Border to I-86
I-90 from Thruway Exit 24 to Berkshire Spur Exit B2 (through Cap Dist)
Rt 219 from Peters Rd to I-90 (expressway section)
I-190 - full length (both Thruway and DOT sections)
I-290 - full length
Rt 5 Skyway - I-190 to NY179 (Milestrip Rd)
Rt 400 - NY16 to I-90
I-390, I-490, I-590 around Rochester
Alternate Route 7 in Albany County
Thruway highways:

I-90 from PA line to Albany (Int. 24)
I-87 from Albany (Int. 24) to NYC line
I-287 (from Suffern to I-95)
Berkshire Spur from the Thruway Mainline to the Mass line

DOT and the Thruway Authority are actively coordinating traveler information and potential vehicle restrictions with partners at TRANSCOM, NJDOT, CTDOT, and PennDOT.

New Jersey and Pennsylvania have announced travel bans.

Get the 411 on all road conditions and check out cameras along your route at

Winter Weather 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 STATION App. You’ll receive local alerts, weather reports and more with push notifications.

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