Blizzard Forces Closing of Thruway Exits 50 to 61

(UPDATE:  8:05PM, 1-6-14) -- A powerful blast of Arctic air accompanied by blizzard conditions has prompted the New York State Thruway Authority to close a section of the highway between exits 50 to 61 in Western New York to the Pennsylvania border - until further notice.

Conditions got nasty in a hurry and drivers were experiencing blowing snow, poor visibility and icy roads.  One motorist, Kevin Dynes of Palmyra, was with a small convoy of vehicles headed to Pennsylvania to deliver trucks to an auction.  Dynes was about 25 miles from Buffalo, near the Pembroke exit, around 7:20PM, Monday, when he made this assessment of road conditions:

Dynes,  a Senior at Pal-mac High, admitted he was scared as his truck skidded on the icy surface of the roadway:

According to Dynes, driving faster than 15 miles per hour was risky.  He explains what happened to a Ford Ranger that apparently hadn't gotten the memo about the storm:

We last heard from young Dynes as he approached Exit 48A, west of Buffalo. 





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