UPDATE: Governor announces I-87 reopened at 2:30 p.m.
Winter storm Nika has dumped up to foot of snow and ice across New York State causing Governor Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency this morning, Feb. 5. The state has banned all vehicles from Interstate 84 between the Connecticut and Pennsylvania borders.
Drivers that ignore the ban will be ticketed. The ban applies to both personal and commercial vehicles.
“The State is closing I-84 as a precaution to protect drivers as this storm moves across the state,” says Cuomo.”I urge all New Yorkers to stay off the roads and monitor news and weather reports throughout the day for updates.”
Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald says state road crews have been working around the clock to clear snow and ice from the highways. The state has more than 4,000 employees operating nearly 1,800 plows and 359 loaders as the storm sweeps across New York.
Road crews in Lake George have been on the job since 4:30 a.m. removing several inches of snow from the roads and walks. Around 11 a.m., the snow changed to ice, creating hazardous road conditions throughout Warren County.
.Heavy icing in some regions has knocked out power to 8,500 homes and businesses. An estimated 2,400 Con Edison customers may not have power restored until 11 a.m. tomorrow.