Long tandem tractor-trailers are temporarily banned from a portion of the New York State Thruway due to a winter storm, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.
The ban is in effect until 10 p.m. tonight. No long tandem tractor-trailers will be allowed on the Thruway between exits 17 (Newburgh) and 39 (Syracuse).
"All long tandem tractor-trailers should stay off banned roads, and any violators of this ban and the companies they work for will be punished appropriately," Cuomo said.
A winter storm warning is in effect for much of the state. Some areas could get more than 18 inches of snow. Other parts of the state are forecasted to receive roughly a foot of snow.
Freezing rain and sleet are also in the forecast, which will create hazardous driving conditions. Cuomo urged New Yorkers to drive with "extreme caution" and to avoid driving unless it's necessary.
Travel advisories are in effect for Cayuga, Onondaga and Seneca counties. There have been accidents reported in central New York due to the poor weather conditions.