(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.