Officials urge caution as WNY gets hit with dangerous driving conditions

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Across New York State, the winter of 2015 has been one for the record books thanks to its warm nature, however that warm streak is about to end.

A wintry mix of snow, ice, rain and more will move into the area between Monday and Tuesday, creating a hazardous driving situation that could lead to accidents if drivers venture out unprepared.

MORE | View the detailed forecast here. 

The National Weather Service issued advisories for all counties across New York State, but western New York has been dished out extra warnings. In southern Erie and Chautauqua Counties, a High Wind Warning is in effect from 1 a.m. through 10 a.m. on Tuesday. The rest of western New York is facing a Winter Weather Advisory until 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

MORE | View the specific advisories and warnings here. 

Across the state as transportation officials prepare to deal with the inclement weather, hundreds of thousands of tons of salt are on hand. On New York State roads alone, there are over 3,300 operators and supervisors across the state who can operate more than 1,200 pieces of snow removal equipment.

MORE | Follow traffic conditions on our interactive traffic map here. 

Resources across the state will be on standby and will be deployed to areas that need aid the most.

Governor Andrew Cuomo specifically advised traveling slowly on the I-90 between exits 55 and 61.

As always, Cuomo said don’t travel through inclement weather, but if travel is necessary, ensure safety measures are taken. Officials advise stocking up with blankets, a shovel, flashlights, extra clothing, booster cables and food items in a bag in the trunk of a vehicle.

Anybody who sees rough conditions or accidents is encouraged to report them to police and to News 4’s Report It system here. 

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