Snow Finally Ends in Western New York, Floods Become Concern 11/21/14

Friday, November 21, 2014 (10:37 a.m. ET) – The lake-effect snow event from this week has been labelled “epic” and “historic,” responsible for dozens of deaths, miles of impassable major highways, and a number of structural failings under the weight of the accumulated snow in New York alone.

Snow fell in other Great Lakes states as well, including northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The week-long snow blitz is expected to finally come to an end by Friday. Once the snow stops, temperatures are expected to rise, and some flooding is expected, even in areas that don’t normally see flooding from snow-melt.

Road conditions remain unsafe this morning. Service will be limited due to closures and travel bans in some areas affected by the storm.


  • The Thruway (I-90) remains closed in both directions between exits 46 (Rochester, I-390) and 61 (Ripley) and the Niagara Thruway (I-190) is closed southbound only between exits 16 (Youngmann Memorial Highway – I-290) and 1 (South Ogden Street) due to a significant lake effect snow event in Western New York.

Service Impacts and Operational Limits

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Freeze Protection Service Embargo/Interruptions

Reports of embargoed freeze protection service for shipments moving to, through, and from the following areas:

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