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Weather Causes Part of Interstate 90 to Shut Down

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The blowing snow cause some poor visibility for many drivers on the roads across Erie County Monday night. In North East, crews began prepping as early as this weekend for the storm we were set to get.

"They pretty much plow around the clock as needed," said Will Rogers, Borough Manager of North East. "We rotate in and out, use salt when it works, it's getting a little cold for salt, but we also use an anti-skid to help." 

The winter weather Monday was also impacting truck drivers. Some were forced to spend the night in North East since Interstate 90 is closed from the New York-Pennsylvania line to Buffalo.

"The smartest, best thing to do is shut down and wait until things clear up and get on my way," said William Wolfrom, a truck driver stuck in North East Monday night.    

Wolfrom was on his way to Texas, and said he's been following  this snowy weather all the way in from Indiana.

"I've dealt with this before, just basically this is a little extreme, even for you guys from what I understand. It's cold outside. I can tell you that."

Some of the drivers, like Harold Workman, weren't able to wait out the storm. He had to get to Pittsburgh Monday night, and was forced to take Route 20 into North East because of Interstate 90 being shut down.

"Anytime you get that wind blowing across the road with this fine snow, it just totally cuts your visibility like that," said Workman, a truck driver who stopped in North East Monday night. "You can co from a quarter mile visibility to, 'I wish I could see the front of my hood.'" 

New York State Thruway Authority does have plow crews on hand to manage the roads, should things get worse.

 

No word as of late Monday night, on when Interstate 90 will reopen in that area.
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