March Nor’easter: Latest Updates

A Travel Advisory is in effect for all areas east of I-81. A travel ban on tractor trailers on certain roads is also in effect due to the hazardous winter weather conditions in many parts of the state.

What You Need to Know

  • Motorists are urged to avoid any travel unless absolutely necessary east of I-81.
  • A travel ban on tractor trailers on certain roads is now in effect.
  • All tractor trailers, tandem trailers, buses, box trucks, and other high profile vehicles are restricted from entering the following roadways:

    • NYS Thruway from Exit 36 to NYC, including the Berkshire Spur to the Massachusetts State Line, I-95, Garden State Parkway Connector and I-287
    • I-88 from Binghamton to Albany
    • Route 17 Binghamton to I-84
    • I-84 from the Connecticut State Line to the Pennsylvania State Line
    • I-684 from I-84 to I-287
  • Snow will be heaviest during the afternoon and evening hours with snowfall rates up to 2 inches per hour at times.
  • Travel will be difficult due to heavy snow and reduced visibility Wednesday, especially during the evening commute, through Thursday morning.
  • The public can call 866-697-2434  for updates on weather, power outage restoration times, and shelters and warming centers in their area.
  • The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated for enhanced monitoring and will increase operations to include all transportation agencies for this upcoming storm.

Forecast

  • With the storm moving eastward, New York City and Nassau County in Long Island could see 10 to 12 inches of snow and snowfall rates of up to 2 two inches per hour during the late afternoon and evening hours.
  • The Mid-Hudson Region, south of I-287 is expecting 9 to 13 inches and north of I-287 should see 12 to 16 inches with 19 to 24 inches at higher elevations.
  • The western Mohawk Valley, Central New York and Southern Tier regions, east of I-81 and west of the Catskills are expecting 9 to 13 inches of snow and the western Catskills should receive 12 to 16 inches.
  • West of I-81 will see 4 to 7 inches of accumulation.
  • The Capital Region, eastern Mohawk Valley Region and the North Country will receive approximately 12 to 16 inches with pockets of up to 20 inches. In the southern and western portions of these regions, 15 to 20 inches are expected, and there could be localized amounts of 24 inches, especially at higher elevations.

Resources

  • NEW: The public can call 866-697-2434  for updates on weather, power outage restoration times, and shelters and warming centers in their area.
  • All New Yorkers can obtain emergency information through NY-ALERT. To subscribe, visit nyalert.gov or call toll-free 1-888-697-6972 .
  • The Thruway Authority encourages motorists to download its mobile app which is available to download for free on iPhone and Android devices.
  • For real-time updates, motorists can follow @ThruwayTraffic on Twitter.
  • Motorists are reminded to check 511NY by calling 511, or visiting www.511ny.org before traveling.