Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans counties; Thruway, I-190 closed

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Erie, Niagara, Genesee and Orleans counties were closed to travel on Friday after high winds and snowstorms created visibility problems for drivers.

The Thruway is closed to all traffic from Exit 46 to the Pennsylvania border, Thruway officials announced shortly before 2 p.m.

Entire Interstate 190 was also closed, officials announced at 2:13 p.m. Parts of Niagara County have been closed since 7am.

The Erie County driving ban went into effect at 9:30 am. The City of Buffalo has issued another travel ban, as has the City of Niagara Falls.

The village of Kenmore also enacted a travel ban.

Genesee County officials announced ban around 1:30 p.m. Niagara County ban announced just before 2 p.m.

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Strong winds and snowstorms have caused major winter storms in many US states, including Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, and Wyoming.

Some of the region’s highways were closed to non-essential drivers early Friday morning as officials prepared for significant icing.

The Peace Bridge, Rainbow Bridge and Lewiston-Queenston Bridge have also closed to traffic to the United States.

Buffalo Niagara International Airport closed.

According to New York State Police, as of 7 a.m. Friday, the following were closed to non-essential drivers:

• I-190 in Niagara County (between Exits 21 and 25)

• 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.

• All commercial vehicle traffic is prohibited from I-90 Exit 46 to the Pennsylvania Line.

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