- Associated Press - Friday, November 21, 2014

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) - The western 132-mile section of the Thruway closed since Tuesday because of a massive lake-effect snow storm in New York has reopened with restrictions.

The roadway west of Exit 46 near Rochester to the Pennsylvania border was reopened to essential traffic at 3 p.m. Friday. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference earlier that roads remain very dangerous.

Several exits along that stretch were still closed to traffic and Cuomo said drivers headed west should “assume you can’t get off until Pennsylvania.”

The highway was reopened in stages to allow the hundreds of tractor-trailers and other vehicles stranded since Tuesday to leave the region.

Officials say I-190 and I-290 and Routes 219 and 400 also reopened for essential traffic only.

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