The New York State Police would like to remind motorists to use extreme caution while traveling on all roadways from the early morning hours Tuesday, continuing into Wednesday. Avoid unnecessary travel and be alert for potential road closures.
State Police Troop A members will be out across the region checking all major routes of travel to ensure that motorists are as safe as possible. We are asking for your assistance to make this possible. Motorists traveling in areas impacted by the snow are asked to leave with extra time to make a slow and careful drive to your destination.
The arrival of inclement weather consisting of heavy snow, with estimates of four or more inches per hour, is expected to begin early Tuesday morning, and continue through Wednesday; which will make all affected roadways slick and unpredictable.
Take into consideration snow accumulation on the roads, the current snowfall rate, the wind, and visibility. Use your best judgment to determine if driving is prudent and allow for adjustments to your schedule to ensure a safe commute.
Keep the following tips in mind:
• Get the latest weather forecast before leaving with your local weather apps, monitor radio or TV stations;
• In white-out conditions, turn on your hazard or 4-way lights to enhance visibility of your vehicle;
• Always clean your windows and mirrors fully of any snow and ice before driving;
• Keep a full tank of gas;
• Ensure your fluid levels are sufficient (windshield washer fluid and antifreeze);
• Ensure the spare tire is sufficient and you have the jack and wheel wrench;
• Use headlights at all times to increase your visibility;
• Drive prudently. If the conditions are adverse you should decrease your speed accordingly;
• Look down the road for potential hazards;
• Be observant;
• Brake early;
• Do not use cruise control. This decreases your reaction time to apply brakes;
• If you do not absolutely have to go out onto the roads, then don’t;
• Be aware of all emergency vehicles: police, fire, ambulances, town trucks, and maintenance vehicles.
If you drive off the roadway and are stuck in a snowbank or ditch, stay in your vehicle, activate your emergency flashers, and call 9-1-1. Do not exit your vehicle unless it is an absolute emergency. You put yourself at risk of being struck by another vehicle.
Roll the windows down a few inches or turn your vehicle off if you are stranded in snow for a period of time with your vehicle running. Covered exhaust pipes can cause physical injury or death due to inhalation of carbon monoxide.
If you should become stranded on the Thruway or any roadway, know your location by being aware of your direction and mile post marker when applicable. This will help emergency personnel reach your location as quickly as possible.
Follow the New York State Police’s Twitter page @nyspolice for up to the minute information on road closures and weather alerts.
The Thruway Authority provides a wide variety of information for travelers including current traffic conditions, accidents, and lane closures. Visit www.thruway.ny.gov for more information.
Slow Down. Be Prepared. Be Safe.