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Thruway opens in western NY from Rochester to Pa.

Created: 01/08/2014 9:42 AM WNYT.com
By: AP

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The Thruway in western New York has reopened after being closed since Monday by a blizzard that's winding down after dumping nearly 20 inches of snow on the region.

The Thruway Authority says Interstate 90 from Exit 46 at Rochester to Exit 61 on the Pennsylvania border opened to all traffic around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

State officials began shutting down a 75-mile stretch of the highway from Buffalo to Ripley in Chautauqua County on Monday afternoon, when blowing snow made driving treacherous. That stretch of the Thruway was fully closed later that night, and the shutdown was extended to Exit 46 outside Rochester late Tuesday morning.

The Buffalo section of Interstate 190, the Niagara Thruway, has also reopened after being closed Tuesday.

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