The winter weather is here across New York State. Even though we are weeks away from the official start to winter, the snow is flying and so are the frustrations and delays on the New York State Thruway and highways.

But the next time you get onto The 90 for your ride, you may see some heavy duty snow removal equipment in front of you.

The "tow plows" were unveiled in Western New York this week and will be used by the New York State Department of Transportation to clear snow on some of the major routes including the 290 this winter.

Here is another reminder not to pass a plow of any sort but especially one of these tow plows. They will definitely be more efficient clearing the snow and keeping your drive around Western New York that much better this winter.

It happens every year, when the first snowfall flies we all have to remember how to drive when it’s slippery and snowy. If you are concerned about your vehicle and keeping your tires ready for the slippery roads, you may want to buy snow tires now. Kadie Daye recently did an article on about the shortages of tires and specifically snow tires. Now is the time to book an appointment and maybe take a look at those tires to make sure they are ready for the upcoming season.

These plows that you will see on The 90 and around New York State definitely are impressive when it comes to moving large amounts of snow at once. It takes some skill and also some patients from those who are driving around them to make sure the snow is removed properly. It’s not the first time we’ve ever seen snow and it certainly won’t be the last start thinking ahead and be prepared for the winter.



The snow will still be falling for the next day or so before a warm up happens and the rain melts the snow. It will get slushy and muddy as the ground under the snow is not frozen.

As we wait for the deer hunting season to end and the snow to stick around, some are itchy to ride and wondering if the trails will open early? If you own property, you can ride on your land. However, the trails will NOT open until cleared and officially open until the clubs say so.

In the mean time, it is a good opportunity to register and insure that sled that you have before the trails open.

If you don't have a sled yet, the inventory is getting back at many of the dealers here in New York State. The COVID pandemic left a lot of showrooms empty and buyers waiting for shipments. From most of the reports, there are sleds for sale and it may be a good time to buy before the trails get groomed and ready.

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