The counties of Erie, Niagara, Genesee and Orleans remain on a travel ban on Saturday, with high winds and snowstorms obscuring drivers’ visibility and making travel virtually impossible.
Authorities are urging the public not to travel to areas where travel bans are in place. The situation outside is life threatening and emergency vehicles are stuck on the road.
For unknown reasons, DPW and law enforcement are reporting that people are trying to drive in violation of the driving ban this morning, making the problem worse.
Do not drive unless you are an emergency responder to a blizzard. It’s as easy as that.
— Mark Poloncarz (@markpoloncarz) December 24, 2022
“Don’t drive unless you’re a blizzard responder. It’s as easy as that,” Erie County Executive Mark Polonkers said on Twitter Saturday morning.
The thruway remains closed to all traffic from Exit 46 to the Pennsylvania border. All I-190 and I-290 were also closed.
A countywide driving ban has been in effect since Friday morning and Friday afternoon. Sections of the highway in some areas were closed to non-essential drivers early Friday morning as authorities prepared for significant icing.
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The Peace Bridge, Rainbow Bridge and Lewiston-Queenston Bridge have also closed to traffic to the United States.
Buffalo Niagara International Airport closed.
Those roads were also closed at 8:45 am on Saturday, according to NITTEC.
• Route 219 from Peters Road, Ashford to Buffalo
• Route 400 from Interstate 90 in Western Seneca to Olean Road in Aurora.
• Route 5 from Interstate 190 in Buffalo to Big Tree Road in Hamburg.
• US 93 from US 5 to Tonawanda Creek Road in Newstead.