If you travel on the closed section of Interstate 81, you risk getting a ticket

About a 75 mile stretch of Interstate 81 north of Syracuse to the Canadian border is closed as heavy snow and winds gusting to 40 mph make driving hazardous. It will remain closed until weather conditions improve.

The DOT calls the closure of the highway a "soft closure" with no plans to put up barricades to prevent drivers from getting on the highway. Signs are up warning drivers to avoid that section of highway.

State Police tell CNYCentral you could get a ticket for failure to obey a traffic control device if you travel on the section of the highway where the travel ban is in place. Police say they are responding to numerous accidents north of Pulaski. Due to the crashes and zero visibility from blowing and drifting snow, I-81 is officially closed at Exit 48 in Watertown.

The highway was shut down Monday night when Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for more than a dozen upstate counties. The state Department of Transportation says Tuesday that I-81 was closed between Exit 31 at Brewerton, just north of Syracuse, to Exit 45 at Watertown in Jefferson County.

DOT says the 25-mile stretch from Watertown to the Canadian border has also been closed.

The New York State Thruway in Western New York remains closed due to extreme weather along with several other roads in the area.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this article.