Winter wild card detours holiday travel

By Erika Mahoney

November 26, 2013 Updated Nov 26, 2013 at 7:06 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) The first snow storm of the season hit the Southern Tier just as many were hitting the road for Thanksgiving.

While most have their turkeys and their bags packed, a snowy surprise meant some had to re-think their plans.

The Erwins woke up and decided to pack their bags in a hurry to get on the road early.

"We were planning to travel tomorrow actually, but we decided to come today because of the storm," Andreina Erwin said.

The Erwins were traveling from Linfield, PA, to Canandaigua, NY.

"When we left there was just a very light snow and the roads were pretty clear," Gary Erwin said. " But it started snowing harder and then there was some slush on the roads and they were looking pretty slippery."

As the storm developed Tuesday, the roads got slicker.

An overturned tractor trailer accident was the first accident New York State Trooper Christopher Skinner responded to.

"Slow down, slow way down, especially at this holiday season if you want to make it to your destination," Skinner said. "The weather is going to change tonight or it's going to get better, we don't know for sure, but you gotta be prepared for worse."

New York State Department of Transportation also responded. DOT Public Information Officer Dave Hamburg echoed the same message. By Monday evening, DOT plows were working hard to get salt on the roads and snow out of the way.

Hamburg also advised people to make sure their cars are packed with emergency supplies.

During crunch time for turkey day, anti-freeze lined the front of Wegmans.

Inside the Erwin's truck was anti-freeze, right next to their turkey.

The Erwin daughters had simple advice this year: "Happy Thanksgiving to everybody and be safe if you're driving," Andrea Erwin said.

A message state police and DOT officials are urging everyone to take to heart.

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