Winter Storm Coming & about Driving in One

Trucking through a snowstorm on the Tappan Zee Bridge (not the same day) /©

Trucking through a snowstorm on the Tappan Zee Bridge (not the same day) /©

As of 3, tractor trailers and buses are banned from the 570-mile Thruway system and most interstate highways. Exceptions are I-95 in Westchester and Bronx counties. This means its 809 bridges, 118 interchanges, 11 toll barriers, and 27 service areas.

I’ve not driven on the new bridge during a snowstorm yet and don’t plan to yet.

About five winters ago I covered school board meetings in one of the Rivertowns. I usually took local roads west to Route 9 (Broadway), made a right turn and drove north to the school. One night after a meeting we walked back to find our cars covered in snow falling faster than I could count snowflakes. I was scared.

The car I’ve been driving for more than 20 years has seen me safely through both snowstorms and rainstorms (the kind where you put the windshield wipers on the fastest speed because the rain is coming down so fast that the regular speed isn’t fast enough).

Dad told me never to start the car and then get out to clean the windows because gosh forbid it shifts into gear. So after I cleared the windows, and did them again because it was snowing so hard, I started the car and turned on the wipers and the defroster.

As the car was warming up I was figuring out the safest way to drive home. And that very night I hoped there were lots of trucks on the highway.

If you know where Irvington is, then you know it’s nowhere near the interstate. Driving home on the same local road with its hills, hidden turns and sporadic lighting, although most direct, would be asking for trouble in that treacherous weather.

Instead, I headed north on Route 9 (Broadway) to Tarrytown and turned onto the Thruway, which fed into I-287. And I wasn’t disappointed! Plenty of trucks on the road that night to make tire indentations in the snow for drivers like me who had no business driving that night. Except for that school board meeting.

Got home safely. Forget that I was gripping the wheel and praying.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

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