Travel Ban No Longer Applicable in Chosen Erie County Locations
As Western New York faces severe winter weather, a travel ban imposed in Erie County has been lifted for six towns, effective from 8 a.m. on Sunday.
This move comes as part of ongoing efforts to manage the impact of heavy snowfall and hazardous conditions.
Residents in Colden, Collins, Concord, Holland, North Collins, Sardinia, and Springville are no longer subject to the travel ban. However, the restriction remains in effect for the rest of Erie County.
Ban Details and Evaluation:
Implemented at 9 p.m. on Saturday, the ban posed risks for non-emergency personnel driving on the roads.
Governor Hochul announced a re-evaluation scheduled for 6 a.m. on Sunday to decide on potential extensions. A county-wide travel advisory continues until further notice.
Tandem trucks are prohibited on I-90 from Exit 46 in the Rochester area to the Pennsylvania border.
The Buffalo Skyway closure and planned shut down of Routes 219 and 400 align with efforts to manage travel challenges.
Peak weather conditions, including significant lake-effect snow, high winds, and frigid wind chills, are expected around 6 p.m. on Saturday and will persist overnight.
Authorities advise against unnecessary travel due to potential risks and challenges for both residents and first responders.
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Sports Events and Public Services:
Adjustments to the Buffalo Bills playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the status of the Buffalo Sabres game reflect the impact of weather conditions on public events.
The lifting of the travel ban in specific towns aims to balance public safety with the challenges posed by the winter storm.
Residents are urged to stay informed and adhere to advisories for their safety and the well-being of the community.