Highway Superintendent: Too cold for salt to work

By Perry Russom

January 2, 2014 Updated Jan 2, 2014 at 7:25 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Late Thursday afternoon, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a State of Emergency for all of New York.

He's advising people to stay off the roads if possible.

The storms punch of winter weather is leaving roads snowy and slippery.

"Under these conditions right now, it doesn't take too long for it to get bad after they went through and made their pass of plowing," said John Boyce of Binghamton.

"You gotta be very careful," said Mary Huften of Johnson City. "In this weather? Yeah, you gotta keep your distance from people.

Cars and trucks were shuffling by crashes along I-81N.

"When we got to New York, they were awful," said Victoria Knapp of Silver Lake Township. "They're really bad. They're slippery and we have a BMW."

Road conditions were the same on Route 17 where two cars had to pull over on the side of the road.

On the side of the highway a little after noon, there were four or five inches of snow, but actually on the road, where the plows have already been, there was still a thin film of snow.

"Be safe," said John Schaffer, Vestal Town Supervisor. "You know, it hurts when you wreck that car or if you hurt somebody else besides yourself."

In Vestal, plows have been out all day and will be stay out there until the storm passes. Fourteen plows were on the roads Thursday afternoon.

"Speed is a big thing right now," said Brock Leonard, Vestal Highway Superintendent. "People are not slowing down and they really need to not go out if they don't really have to."

Leonard said the temperature outside is playing a part in road safety.

He said it was too cold for salt and different materials to work on the roads.

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