BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A State of Emergency and travel ban remains in effect for much of Erie County as the snowstorm hitting the region continues.
The State of Emergency went into effect at 8 p.m. Thursday and the travel ban for Erie County took effect at 9 p.m., though it was rolled back in some areas Friday morning.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz provided an update at 9 p.m. Saturday. He announced that the City of Lackawanna, the City of Buffalo, south of William Street, and the towns of Hamburg, Orchard Park, and Evans will continue to have a travel ban until further notice.
All other areas will have their travel bans lifted at midnight Saturday. A travel advisory in the city of Niagara Falls was lifted on Sunday morning.
Erie County Commissioner of Emergency Services Dan Neaverth and Deputy Commissioner for Highways Karen Hoak provided and update on Saturday at 6 a.m.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, the eastern, western and northern parts of Buffalo were no longer under a travel ban. Mayor Byron Brown provided an update on Saturday afternoon, saying that roughly 70 pieces of equipment were engaged in hauling snow out of south Buffalo and Kaisertown.
A number of travel bans had been switched to travel advisories in northern and southern Erie County on Friday. A narrow band of heavy lake-effect snow is sitting over central Erie County, which is why those regions remain under a travel ban.
As of Friday evening, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said that over 300 tickets had been issued by law enforcement and abandoned vehicles will be towed and ticketed.
Starting Friday morning, part of I-90 was closed to all traffic between I-190 and Dunkirk (from exits 53 to 59).
That morning, we spoke with Hamburg Deputy Supervisor Lisa Poch and Boston Town Supervisor Jason Keding about the dangerous conditions and the efforts to clear roads:
Poloncarz said the ban came after consulting with local and state officials, along with the National Weather Service.
A travel advisory for the region had been put in place at 7 p.m. Thursday, following a State of Emergency issued by Gov. Kathy Hochul.
Other states of emergency and travel advisories and bans within western New York include:
- Niagara Falls has issued a travel advisory.
- The City of Dunkirk issued a travel advisory until further notice starting at 6:30 a.m. Friday.
- The Town and Village of Orchard Park issued a state of emergency and travel ban until further notice around 6:30 a.m. Friday.
- The Town of Evans says a state of emergency will be in place from Friday at 8 p.m. until Sunday at 5 p.m., unless it is rescinded sooner.
The snowstorm is expected to last throughout the weekend with significant snowfall across western New York.
Due to the incoming snow, the Bills’ home game against the Browns was moved to Detroit’s Ford Field.
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