VIDEO, PHOTOS: N.Y. sends out army of snowplows to combat nor’easters

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Updated Mar 17, 2018

Ny Snow PlowNew York’s state and local agencies have been pulling out all the stops to keep roads clear after two nor’easters pounded the state in one week, dumping as much of 26 inches of snow in some areas.

They’ve been deploying tow plows, which can plow two lanes at a time.

They’ve also been sending plows in unison down highways in a process called echelon plowing. The process can be irritating to drivers who want to pass, but the New York State Department of Transportation says it’s the fastest, most efficient way to clear the roads. It also “prevents snow from being pushed back and forth between lanes as traffic hits it,” David Smith, NYSDOT Region 3 director, tells Spectrum News.

Here are some views from NYSDOT and other transportation agencies’ social media showing what it’s like to be a snowplow driver in New York:

Life in the plow


Scenes from the road

A tow plow in actionA tow plow in action Echelon plowingEchelon plowing

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A view from the cabA view from the cab

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