Whether you have lived in New York State your entire life or you have lived through at least one winter here, you know we are going to get snow storms. As a matter of fact, by all accounts, we are expected to see snow falling on and off right through the weekend.

Even though we are aware that snow is coming, many of us still panic. For example, you will see the shelves at the grocery stores start to empty of bread, water and milk. For those that have to drive during the storm, some will put on their hazard lights as they drive. Is this legal or illegal in New York?

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It is illegal in some states to have your hazard lights on while you're driving. It doesn't matter if it's raining, foggy, sleeting or snowing. In some places, you just can't do it. In Alaska, the use of hazard lights is not permitted while driving and they should know a thing or two about driving in snowy conditions.

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In New York State it is legal to drive with your hazard lights on but be aware that this could cause confusion for other drivers. Typically we use our hazards if we are stranded or if our vehicle is broken down. In a snowstorm other motorists could think you have come to a stop and not realize that you are moving.

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Here are some New York State Winter Driving Tips:

  • Keep vehicles clear of ice and snow
  • Slow down
  • Keep your gas tank above half-full if possible
  • Check tires for proper inflation
  • Plan your stops and keep more distance between cars
  • Remember that snowdrifts and snow banks can hide small children
  • Don't crowd the plow

Albany's Top 10 Snowiest Winters Of All Time [RANKED]

Another Upstate New York winter is upon us. And while it is popular for forecasters to predict a cold and snowy winter ahead, how much snow would it actually take to make it an all-time winter when it comes to big a big snowfall total for the season? In the average winter, the National Weather Service (NWS_ says we get 59.2 inches of snow in Albany. We will have to crush that number this winter for the season ahead to make this NWS top 10 list of our snowiest Albany winters on record.

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

77" In 48 Hours - A Look At WNY's Record Breaking Lake Effect Snowstorm

The wet and heavy lake effect snowstorm pelted the area, making traveling impossible. Flights were canceled at Buffalo-Niagara Airport, causing headaches for travelers heading into the Thanksgiving holiday week. Driving bans are in effect in multiple WNY counties, making it illegal for employers to require their workers to commute.

Here’s some snapshots of what it looks like on the ground:

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