Western NY Snow Event

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Ryan B.'s Comment
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Anyone living in this part of the country, my heart goes out to you. Several feet of snow a couple of days ago, I believe, and now getting more snow. Many prayers to all who live in this area and any other affected areas. I hope and pray that all are able to get through well enough.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Yeah. You know it's going to be bad when the NFL moved a football game from Buffalo to Detroit on account of the weather.

I got stuck for nearly 24hrs in Watertown, NY at a Sam's Club two Christmases ago bc of snow and wind.

Stay safe all!

Bill M.'s Comment
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Western New York, Upstate New York, Central New York, and the Finger Lakes region are a regular part of my routes. As luck would have it this week, I started a day earlier than usual and took a long-haul hot load out of Eastern PA Wednesday and over to North Central Michigan yesterday. I made it back yesterday without incident for my 34-hour reset. Normally on a Thursday or Friday, I will be in the Buffalo area working my way back home. I wish I could say I planned it that way, but that was just the luck of the draw for me.

But I did get chased out of Michigan yesterday by the storm they had coming in from Lake Superior. The snow followed right behind me and then hit me for about an hour traveling south on 75. Just North of Toledo, nothing.

Bill M.'s Comment
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Yesterday the Governor booted 18 wheelers off the roads at 1600 until further notice. you should see the live traffic reports online. I don't even know why 4-wheelers are traveling I90. The conditions are terrible.

Anyone living in this part of the country, my heart goes out to you. Several feet of snow a couple of days ago, I believe, and now getting more snow. Many prayers to all who live in this area and any other affected areas. I hope and pray that all are able to get through well enough.

Chief Brody's Comment
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Some parts around Buffalo are pretty bad but I actually went through there this morning and made it without having any concern for safety.

It is very localized to Buffalo and a little bit east.

The first picture below I took at 10:00 a.m. on US 20 East of Buffalo.

The second picture I took at 11:12 a.m. on New York 63 South.

The third picture I took at 11:22 a.m. on I-390 South.

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Bill M.'s Comment
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That's good to see. I know they said it would be localized and bouncing around from south to north then back around to South amd maybe further east?

Some parts around Buffalo are pretty bad but I actually went through there this morning and made it without having any concern for safety.

It is very localized to Buffalo and a little bit east.

The first picture below I took at 10:00 a.m. on US 20 East of Buffalo.

The second picture I took at 11:12 a.m. on New York 63 South.

The third picture I took at 11:22 a.m. on I-390 South.

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andhe78's Comment
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Must be a slow news day-the bands that get lake effect snow every year, got some lake effect snow. Areas 30 minutes south get worse every year. Our terminal is still making every delivery.

The thruway ban is good and bad, keeps the otr drivers who haven’t seen snow out of the area, but forces us local drivers down the backroads.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Anyone living in this part of the country, my heart goes out to you

Oh, you don't have to worry about 95% of those people. I grew up outside Buffalo, and I live in the Adirondacks of Upstate New York now. These are normal events for us that happen regularly every year. As you would expect, the overwhelming majority of people handle it with little trouble, and a small percentage act as if they've never seen snow before and wind up completely unprepared. Fortunately, these types have family and friends that will come to their rescue.

It is very localized to Buffalo and a little bit east.

Yes, the bands of snow are very narrow. Winds blow off the lake in narrow bands and dump the snow. I just took a screenshot of the radar. As you can see, it's actually a very small area getting hit at any given time. That area will shift from North to South as the winds change direction. Right now the band is about as far North as it goes. Most of the time it stays south of I-90.

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It is not uncommon to see what Chief Brody is seeing. You will have relatively small areas with 4+ feet of snow and whiteout conditions. Drive another 10 miles and there's barely a hint of snow on the ground and nothing coming down. But if you're in the area getting hit, you can get buried under several feet of snow in a few hours.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Ryan B.'s Comment
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I saw videos of the snow trapping people in their homes and burying stranded cars on The Weather Channel app. I really hope that the elderly who maybe don't have family in the area have neighbors, church members, or friends to check on them. It's kind of one of those things where I think about people often not being as neighborly now as in times past. At least it's noticeably changed from what I remember as a kid. God be with those who are at the mercy of help from others.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Klutch's Comment
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Someone else from the Adirondacks? Grew up in Saranac myself 👍🏻

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Anyone living in this part of the country, my heart goes out to you

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Oh, you don't have to worry about 95% of those people. I grew up outside Buffalo, and I live in the Adirondacks of Upstate New York now. These are normal events for us that happen regularly every year. As you would expect, the overwhelming majority of people handle it with little trouble, and a small percentage act as if they've never seen snow before and wind up completely unprepared. Fortunately, these types have family and friends that will come to their rescue.

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It is very localized to Buffalo and a little bit east.

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Yes, the bands of snow are very narrow. Winds blow off the lake in narrow bands and dump the snow. I just took a screenshot of the radar. As you can see, it's actually a very small area getting hit at any given time. That area will shift from North to South as the winds change direction. Right now the band is about as far North as it goes. Most of the time it stays south of I-90.

0129356001668852151.jpg

It is not uncommon to see what Chief Brody is seeing. You will have relatively small areas with 4+ feet of snow and whiteout conditions. Drive another 10 miles and there's barely a hint of snow on the ground and nothing coming down. But if you're in the area getting hit, you can get buried under several feet of snow in a few hours.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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