Buffalo, Lackawanna, Amherst and others remain under travel ban; driving restrictions lifted in Tonawanda, Orchard Park

Erie County introduced updates to the driving ban early Monday morning as cleanup continued from…

Buffalo, Lackawanna, Amherst and others remain under travel ban; driving restrictions lifted in Tonawanda, Orchard Park

Erie County introduced updates to the driving ban early Monday morning as cleanup continued from the fatal blizzard that hit Western New York.

County Government Mark Poloncarz reported that, as of 7 a.m. Monday, the driving ban was nonetheless in outcome for the cities of Buffalo and Lackawanna as nicely as the towns of Amherst, Cheektowaga, Clarence, Evans, Hamburg and West Seneca. 

“It is lifted for all other towns as of 7 a.m.,” Poloncarz tweeted.

The Orchard Park Law enforcement Division stated at about 6:30 a.m. Monday that the driving ban in the town and village of Orchard Park was lifted. A vacation advisory, however, remained until even more recognize. 

Even although numerous spots in Erie County are no for a longer period less than the ban, officers urged caution from motorists. 

The City of Tonawanda, for instance, lifted its driving ban at 7 a.m. Monday, but advised anybody who “has to go out” to “workout caution on the streets, primarily as they method and go as a result of intersections.”

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The up-to-date driving ban map arrives following officers Sunday said they would revisit the ban early Monday.

It arrives as no surprise that the driving ban in Buffalo continues to be for men and women who are not essential staff. Poloncarz explained he failed to be expecting the driving ban in Buffalo to be lifted Monday as crews proceed to perform to thoroughly clean up the blizzard that stranded hundreds and remaining 1000’s without heat. 

Gov. Kathy Hochul late Sunday claimed officials would like to see folks continue to be property one more 24 hrs.

Vacation bans ended up lifted early Sunday in Genesee and Niagara counties.

A journey advisory will keep on being in area in Niagara County, like in the metropolitan areas of Lockport, Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Business office introduced early Sunday.

There is a journey advisory in Genesee and Orleans counties.

Motorists are urged to use “serious caution” if selecting to travel due to the continuing difficult circumstances.

Authorities urge the general public not to journey in spots the place a vacation ban is in outcome. Circumstances exterior are existence-threatening, and unexpected emergency autos have been finding trapped on the road.

“You should keep off the roadways now. This is still a dangerous circumstance,” Amherst Supervisor Brian Kulpa claimed in a statement Sunday. “I realize it is Xmas and we have been caught in our present place for times, but to most effective help emergency reaction, make sure you stay off the streets.”

A ban bars journey for any one besides emergency responders. Under a travel advisory, no unnecessary travel is suggested.

The Thruway continues to be shut to all targeted traffic from Exit 46 to the Pennsylvania point out line. The complete I-190 and I-290 also has been shut down.

Visitors to Canada on the Peace Bridge remains closed, although the Rainbow Bridge and Lewiston-Queenston Bridge have reopened, in accordance to NITTEC.

These streets also continue being shut, according to NITTEC:

• Route 219 from Peters Street in Ashford to Buffalo

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

• Route 5 from I-190 in Buffalo to Massive Tree Road in Hamburg

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

• I-990 between I-290 and Millersport Freeway.


Strong winds and blowing snow build a large wintertime storm in numerous states across the U.S. States that have been impacted are Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Wyoming and much more.



Information personnel reporter Barb O’Brien contributed to this report.