The winter is about to take a strong hold on New York State as bitter cold temperatures and snow and wind will return. Officials are watching the weather closely as it could have a large impact on travel.

Thousands will be on the move this weekend as playoff football returns to Western New York. The Buffalo Bills will play the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday and fans from as far away as New York City will make their way down the Thruway.

But the timing of the next wind and snow event is not ideal as it looks like it will arrive Friday through Saturday.

The winds ripped through New York State this week and as of early Thursday, there were still thousands without power.

Be prepared for the changing conditions on the roads and along the New York State Thruway this weekend.

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