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Governor Hochul Declares State of Emergency Ahead of WNY Snowstorm

Written by on November 18, 2022

Who’s ready for snow? While it’s not set to hit us too bad here in Rochester (if any), Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency for 11 counties as she and other leaders briefed the public yesterday morning ahead of a lake-effect snowstorm that’s expected to dump feet of snow on some parts of Western New York. The following counties are affected; Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Jefferson, Lewis, Niagara, Oneida, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Wyoming counties.

Also, if you are looking to travel at all this weekend, the New York State Thruway will be closed to commercial traffic between Interstate 390 in Henrietta and Exit 61 in Ripley, just before the Pennsylvania state line.

Governor Hochul stated: “That sends an early warning to the trucks that create the most dire situations on the highways. When they jackknife, as we saw in previous storms, they literally can paralyze our highways, putting people at risk, stranding motorists for hours if not days — and that’s what we’re working to prevent now.”

Source: 13 WHAM

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