Plows still working hard throughout the Capital Region, conditions clearing up

CDTA bus off the road on Rt. 378 (Menands Rd) near the intersection with Route 9 and Loudonville.

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Here in the Capital Region we know snow early in spring can be a possibility. It’s this accumulation that comes as a shock.

Many across the area ae measuring four or more inches and out on the major roads like the Northway, making for some difficult driving conditions. As you can see things are starting to clear up for the evening commute but the morning commute and pretty much all day conditions were dangerous.

Mother Nature has made up for lost time. After the least snowy winter in the area, our April looks more like January. The weather is a force to be reckoned with. On Monday roads were closed with a fatal crash on route 155 in Guilderland, a massive pile up on the Northway between Exits 16 and 17 northbound, a tractor trailer jackknifed, cars flipped and the list goes on.

Jack Keller’s jeep also lost control on the Northway this afternoon and landed in an embankment. He said he’s lucky trees were there to stop him from crossing the median.

“We basically slid right off the road right there went right down there you can see where the tracks are,” said Keller.

And he wasn’t alone. NEWS10 ABC came across many drivers slipping off other state roadways all day. Many we spoke with asking why the DOT didn’t do more to prepare.

“They should have been out a lot earlier and salting the roads that would have prevented a lot of this,” said a driver.

NEWS10 ABC went to DOT reps and asked how they’re taking care of this dangerous spring snow.

“We got almost 150 plows out there addressing the roads and salting so we’re out there taking care of the roads. The motorists do need to drive to these conditions,” said DOT officials.

They say they’re now out in full force, along with the tow trucks who say they have their work cut out for them today.

Another towing company says they responded to 10 wrecks today and when they thought they were done a car slid off the road and hit them. Again fortunately conditions do appear to finally be clearing up. But even on your evening commute there are some slippery spots so do take it slow.

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