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Governor Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Winter Storm


Governor Kathy Hochul on Monday deployed additional assets and personnel to several regions expected to be impacted by a significant snowstorm beginning Monday night and continuing through Wednesday. Widespread areas of the Capital Region, Central New York, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, and North Country Regions could see up to two feet of snow during this time period. Higher elevations in the Capital and Mid-Hudson regions, where the most accumulations of snow are expected, could receive up to three feet of snow by Wednesday morning. The Western New York and Finger Lakes regions may see up to 8 inches or more of snow by Wednesday. For these regions, heavy, wet snow will begin Monday night and gusty winds up to 45 mph on Tuesday will increase the chances of power outages and related impacts. New York City and Long Island are expected to receive up to two inches of snow, but will mostly experience rain which may cause minor coastal flooding.

The Governor will declare a State of Emergency that goes into effect at 8 p.m. on Monday and includes Albany, Broome, , Chenango, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, , Orange, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, , Sullivan, Tioga, , Ulster, Warren, Washington, , , and contiguous counties.

“New Yorkers should prepare now for a multi-day event that will bring up to three feet of snow in certain parts of the Capital Region and Mid-Hudson region,” Governor Hochul said. “State agencies spent the weekend preparing emergency response assets, my team is in constant contact with local officials, and we have activated the National Guard to assist with emergency response. This storm will create hazardous road conditions through Wednesday morning, and I encourage New Yorkers in impacted regions to stay home and avoid any unnecessary travel to allow plow crews to do their job.”

New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray said, “The forecasted snow totals for this winter storm keep increasing, and the weight of the snow combined with 45 mph wind gusts will almost certainly bring down tree branches and power lines. New Yorkers should plan for two to three days straight of hazardous winter weather starting tonight. Only travel if absolutely necessary, and keep your phones and other devices charged in case you need to call for assistance during a power outage.”

In preparation for the storm, the New York State Thruway Authority will ban all tandem and empty tractor-trailers beginning Monday, at 8 p.m. from I-87 exit 17 (Newburgh – Scranton – I-84) to I-90 exit 36 (Watertown – Binghamton- I-81) and the length of the Berkshire Spur (I-87 exit 21B to the Massachusetts border).

Additionally, in coordination with New York State Police and the Thruway Authority, NYSDOT has issued the following commercial vehicle restrictions:

  • I-84: Full length. 8 p.m. start; No tandem or empty tractor trailers  
  • I-88: Full Length. 8 p.m. start; No tandem or empty tractor trailers  
  • I-87 (Northway): Albany To Plattsburgh. 8 p.m. start; No tandem or empty tractor trailers  
  • I-90: I-87 to Berkshire Spur. 8 p.m. start; No tandem or empty tractor trailers
  • I-81: PA Line to Syracuse. 8 p.m. start; “Trucks Use Right Lane” advisory  
  • Route 17: Middletown to Binghamton. 8 p.m. start; “Trucks Use Right Lane” advisory  
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