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DOT crews man their 'battle stations' for Mother Nature's winter wallop

January 19, 2019 11:23 PM

In preparation for the storm, the National Guard will have 450 soldiers and airmen on duty. They will be deploying 105 military vehicles to provide transportation support and assistance with debris clearance as the storm goes on.

The State Department of Transportation is ready to respond with 1,602 large plow trucks. That includes seven plows in the Capital Region, seven in Central New York, 40 on Long Island, 25 in the Mid-Hudson region, two in the Mohawk Valley, one in the North Country, four in the Southern Tier, and 14 in Western New York.

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There will also be 50 tow plows deployed throughout the state, 326 large blowers, 38 snow blowers, 20 graders, 204 medium duty and pickup trucks with plows, 32 tractor trailers. Approximately 3,900 operators and supervisors who will be available to operate this equipment 24/7 until this storm ends.

There's also more than 450,000 tons of salt on hand.

WEB EXTRA: Full press conference from the state Office of Emergency Management

According to the state Office of Emergency Management, they're redeploying 30 trucks, 30 operators, and four equipment operator instructors from Long Island to the Capital Region, Central New York, the lower Hudson Valley, and the Southern Tier and Binghamton areas.

Gov. Cuomo has banned buses and tractor trailers from most of the New York State Thruway starting at 3 p.m. Saturday and through the duration of the storm.

Stay with NewsChannel 13 on-air and online. We will have special, extended COVERAGE YOU CAN TRUST during the storm, with our entire First Warning team.


MORE INFORMATION: First Warning Weather page | Interactive Radar | Download the First Warning Weather app | Links to help prepare for a snowstorm

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