December 2, 2010 by USA Post
Nys Thruway, (AP) – Hundreds of motorists were cold and hunger were stranded on a highway in western New York Thursday after an accident caused a backup and trucks and cars idling was trapped overnight in heavy snow.
Authorities said 16 miles of eastbound lanes along Interstate 90 were closed Thursday in the eastern suburbs of Buffalo, along a stretch of 10 miles to the west.
Matt Welling pulled a tractor-trailer double grocery where traffic was stopped a few miles east of Buffalo.
He spent the night “sitting, playing a little solitaire on the computer, take a nap,” said the pilot Wegmans at midmorning, 8 1 / 2 hours in his waiting.
“I’m pretty cold, hunger. A good cup of coffee would do very well at the moment,” he said by cell phone.
State Trooper Daniel Golinski said the highway was closed shortly before 3 am Thursday after vehicles backed up behind a truck accident were buried in drifting snow.
The truck jackknifed around 8:00 p.m. Wednesday and was removed, but crews were still working Thursday to release the vehicle breakdown, Golinski said.
“There is a lot of work to do yet,” he said.
The storm buried the southern suburbs of Buffalo and the suburbs south and east of the city in two feet of snow, but largely spared the city center.
“Very, very light snow flurries blowing in the air, but downtown streets are of the roadway. Maybe an inch on the court,” spokesman Michael DeGeorge police said since the seat.
A snowfall warning lake effect remained in force until the snow continued to fall through Thursday morning, accumulating at a rate of 1 to 2 inches an hour, punctuated by thunder and occasional lightning. The snow was expected to move north across Buffalo during the day.
Dozens of schools canceled classes Thursday and the power stayed for about 10,000 utility customers in eastern New York.
Snowmobiles and emergency vehicles were used to check motorists stranded by snow. Drivers were also stuck on a 3-mile stretch intersection of Interstate 190 was closed.
Motorist Bob Schultz left his home near Lake Erie Wednesday evening with the intention of going bowling, but never did.
“Now I’m back to Lake View, but the alternative is to try to get somewhere where I can sleep,” he told WIVB-TV Buffalo as he sat in his car covered in snow.
Golinski describes the scene overnight as “13 miles of cars bumper to bumper, two lanes each -. Three lanes of each function of where they are”
In the region of Pennsylvania Erie, the National Weather Service has issued a snow lake effect until Friday morning. Some areas could get up to ten inches of snow from two weather systems moving in the next 24 hours.
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