As blizzard circumstances proceed south of Buffalo, journey bans proceed


Journey bans stay in place Sunday for Erie and Orleans counties as heavy winds and blowing snow proceed to create visibility issues for drivers.

The ban was lifted in Genesee and Niagara counties.

Niagara County and the Metropolis of Niagara Falls lifted their journey bans Sunday morning, as work crews proceed to clear obstructions and transfer snowdrifts.

A journey advisory will stay in place in Niagara County, together with within the cities of Lockport, Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Workplace introduced.

Motorists are urged to make use of “excessive warning” if selecting to drive because of the persevering with difficult circumstances.

Authorities urge the general public to not journey in areas the place a journey ban is in impact. Situations outdoors are life-threatening and emergency automobiles have been getting caught on the street.

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“Except you might be emergency personnel responding to the blizzard, don’t drive. It is so simple as that,” Erie County Government Mark Poloncarz mentioned on Twitter Saturday morning.

A ban bars journey for anybody besides emergency responders. Beneath a journey advisory, no pointless journey is suggested.

The Thruway stays closed to all visitors from Exit 46 to the Pennsylvania state line. All the I-190 and I-290 additionally has been shut down.

The countywide driving bans have been in place since Friday morning and Friday afternoon. Sections of some space highways had been shut all the way down to drivers who should not important personnel early Friday as officers ready for vital icing.

The Peace Bridge, Rainbow Bridge and Lewiston-Queenston Bridge additionally closed to United States-bound visitors.

Buffalo Niagara Worldwide Airport has closed.

These roads additionally had been closed as of 8:45 a.m. Saturday, in line with NITTEC:

• Route 219 from Peters Highway in Ashford to Buffalo

• Route 400 from I-90 in West Seneca to Olean Highway in Aurora

• Route 5 from I-190 in Buffalo to Large Tree Highway in Hamburg

• Route 93 from Route 5 to Tonawanda Creek Highway in Newstead.

Robust winds and blowing snow create an enormous winter storm in lots of states throughout the U.S. States which have been impacted are Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Wyoming and extra.

Information workers reporter Mark Sommer contributed to this report.