Thanksgiving Eve snow making for tricky holiday commute

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Thanksgiving eve snow made for slippery and slushy conditions on the roads in Orchard Park, on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

“High amount of travel, a lot of vehicles on the roadway expect delays especially if the weather changes,” said Trooper James O’Callaghan, New York State Police.

Crews worked through the morning to clear snowy slush covered roads in the south towns.

“A little slippery, icy, with a lot of just slush and a slow go, icy at times,” said Suzie Wojciechowski, of Hamburg.

Drivers being reminded to follow this rule of thumb.

“Slow down a little bit, take that extra time to come to a stop and just watch out for other people. Cars don’t stop very easy on the snow and the ice,” said Matt Kavanagh of Orchard Park.

“One of the issues that we have are people are driving too fast for the weather conditions. They drive off the road, people get in collisions. because there’s so much traffic on the road it backs up a lot of traffic, people get aggriavated, irritated,” said O’Callaghan.

State Police will be out in full force today through thanksgiving weekend, on the lookout for drunk drivers and distracted drivers.

“In 2017 from the day before Thanksgiving through that Sunday, we gave out 15,000 tickets, 240 of those were DWI arrests and over 600 for driving distracted,” said O’Callaghan.

Some drivers don’t plan on driving far for the holiday, but are still bracing for the bone chilling cold temperatures.

“I’m not going anywhere I am just going to Silver Creek so hopefully it’s going to be nice there tomorrow. I think the cold tomorrow is going to be the worst,” said Wojciechowski.

Temperatures are expected to drop throughout the day which could cause concern for freezing roads.

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