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Gov. Cuomo declares state of emergency in New York

NYSMTA encourages the trucking industry to exercise extreme caution and to be prepared for potential road closures in the state. NYSMTA will keep members updated as the storm progresses.

The Trucker News Services

2/13/2014

A major nor'easter is bearing down on New York and is expected to impact Long Island, New York City, the Hudson Valley and the Capital District regions. Snow is expected to fall at a rate of two to three inches per hour with accumulations of 12 to 16 inches of snow and potentially a layer of ice. Strong winds may create white-out conditions.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today declared a state of emergency for the Mid-Hudson, New York City and Long Island regions as the storm continues to impact parts of the state.  These regions are expected to continue to receive heavy snow that may accumulate at rates of around two to three inches per hour, which will make it difficult for plows to keep some roads clear. New Yorkers should stay off of the roads and remain in their homes until the worst of the storm has passed, officials said. Under a state of emergency, critical resources that are normally restricted to state use are mobilized to assist local governments and laws and regulations that would otherwise impede their rapid response are suspended.

NYSMTA encourages the trucking industry to exercise extreme caution and to be prepared for potential road closures in the state. NYSMTA will keep members updated as the storm progresses.

• As of 8:00 a.m., on Feb. 13, the Massachusetts Turnpike will be closed from NY Border to I/C 6 for Tandem Trailers and Propane Carriers. Speed limit is already reduced to 40 mph.

• The Pennsylvania Turnpike is banning tandem trailers and empty trailers as of 11:00 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2014.

• The Connecticut Department of Transportation is prohibiting the operation of twin trailer units on Connecticut roadways as of 4:00 a.m. on Feb. 13, 2014.  The ban will remain in effect until lifted by CONNDOT.

Visit www.511ny.org for up-to-date closures in New York.  Check out the Traffic & Transit Map/List for the latest closures, truck restrictions, and road conditions.

For road closures in other states:

New Jersey: www.511NJ.org

Pennsylvania: www.511PA.com

Vermont: www.511VT.org

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