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State of Emergency for Western New York
Rochester, N.Y. - Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a State of Emergency for almost all of Western New York.
The State of Emergency covers the following counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Monroe, Oneida, Orleans, Oswego, Wayne and Wyoming.
The Governor urged Western New Yorkers to avoid any unnecessary travel and to stay in their homes until the storm passes.
As this new winter storm develops, bringing heavy snow and high winds, I strongly urge all citizens in these regions to exercise caution, avoid travel, and stay indoors, said Governor Cuomo. To ensure an effective and rapid response to this winter storm, I am declaring a state of emergency, so resources can get to communities where they are needed as quickly as possible.
The Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority announced Monday evening that they are offering free rides to warming centers throughout the city.
Effective immediately, the following city commounity centers are included:
Adams Street, Avenue D, Campbell Street, Carter Street, David F. Gantt, Edgerton, South Avenue and Thomas P. Ryan.
According to the governor's announcement, the following thruways are closed:
The Thruway between Exit 55 (Route 219/Lackawanna/Springville/Orchard Park/West Seneca) and Exit 61 (Shortman Road, Ripley) closed to commercial vehicles at 3PM today. Starting at 8PM, all vehicles traveling westbound on the Thruway will be detoured off the roadway at Exit 50 (I-290 west), and all eastbound traffic will be detoured off at Exit 61 (Shortman Road, Ripley).
Route 400 from the Thruway in West Seneca to Route 16 in Aurora and Route 219 from Milestrip Road to Peters Road will be closed to all traffic tonight at 8:00 PM.
Interstate 81, between Exits 31-45 will be closed to all traffic tonight at 8:00 PM.
The State has 245 plows (643 operators) already activated in the region, with an additional 426 plows (870 operators) being deployed to Western New York from the Southern Tier, Central New York, the Capital Region and the Hudson Valley.
26 snow trucks have been deployed and the Thruway Authority has 25,000 tons of road salt on-hand in the Buffalo area alone. And all thruway and NYSDOT headquarters will be fully staffed until the storm subsides.