State Police issues 'high profile vehicle' ban on Thruway traffic due to weather

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Albany, N.Y. (WHAM) - New York State Police have issued travel advisory for sections of the New York State Thruway and other major highways on Wednesday.

That ban had truck drivers pulling off the roads for the night, to try and wait out the storm.

"If we're not moving, we're not making money," said driver Corey Mountz-Maple. "I was planning on being home by Saturday. Now I'll be lucky if I'm home by Monday - so it really throws a kink in a lot of things."

Debbie Schilz says this winter has been worse than usual for driving conditions. She wasn't looking forward to an unproductive night, waiting for the ban to be lifted.

Schilz says there wasn't much to do in the meantime.

"Just sit it in our truck or get a motel, and pray once this ban hits there'll be enough spaces," said Schilz. "Because there probably won't be a lot of spaces if you don't get one early enough."

As of 8 a.m., all tractor trailers, tandem trailers, box trucks, and other high profile vehicles will not be allowed. Drivers are urged to avoid any travel unless absolutely necessary.

Starting at the New York State Thruway in Syracuse (Exit 36) down to the New York City line, travel will be restricted. This includes the Berkshire Spur to the Massachusetts State Line, I-95, Garden State Parkway Connector and I-287.

Updated traffic conditions along the Thruway can be checked online here.

More information about the bans and advisories for New York roads can be found here.

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