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Thruway to close between Buffalo and Pennsylvania line due to extreme winter weather

Updated: 01/06/2014 3:10 PM
Created: 01/06/2014 3:07 PM WHEC.com

Parts of the Thruway will be closed due to extreme winter weather conditions. The Thruway between Exit 55(Route 219/Lackawanna/Springville/Orchard Park/West Seneca) and Exit 61 (Shortman Road, Ripley) will be closing at 3:00 p.m. Monday for all commercial vehicles. 

Starting at 8:00 p.m., 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).

The closures are a precautionary measure due to an extraordinary winter weather event that is forecast to include 36 inches of snow in the coming day-and-a-half, lake effect snows in some areas up to four inches per hour, wind gusts up to 40 mph and wind chill temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero. The Thruway in this area will reopen when conditions allow.

Drivers to Pennsylvania and points west should exit the Thruway at exit 46 (Henrietta) to I-390 southbound and then to I-86 westbound into Pennsylvania. Eastbound travelers in Pennsylvania should exit at I-86 eastbound and then continue north on I-390 to the Thruway in Henrietta.