Early Friday update: State of emergency continues in Erie County
The driving ban was reinstated for part of Buffalo, and remained in effect for the central part of Erie County.
“What we’re talking about is a major, major storm,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said during a news conference Thursday. “This is considered an extreme event – an extreme weather event. That means it’s dangerous. It also means it’s life-threatening.”
The ban in Buffalo is from William Street downtown to the Town of Cheektowaga line and everything south, according to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
“PLEASE do not drive in or into this area. Conditions have deteriorated very quickly,” he tweeted.
The driving ban remains in effect in Cheektowaga, Lancaster, Alden, West Seneca, Elma, Marilla, Hamburg, Orchard Park, Aurora, Wales, Evans, Eden and Boston.
A travel advisory is in effect for north Buffalo, Grand Island, Town of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda, Amherst, Clarence, Newstead, Colden, Holland, Brant, North Collins, Concord, Sardinia and Collins.
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The county at 6 am lifted the ban for those northern communities, which were not hit hard by overnight lake-effect snows.
“We will continue to reevaluate conditions throughout the day,” said Kara Kane, an Erie County spokeswoman.
Erie County officials enacted the driving ban at 9 pm Thursday because of the lake-effect snowstorm.
“Only those authorized for emergency travel are to drive,” Poloncarz said in a tweet announcing the ban.
Poloncarz also declared a state of emergency in the county as of 8 pm
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