Travel ban in Erie County goes into effect at 9:30 a.m.

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The Erie Countywide travel ban will take effect at 9:30 am. This is because the Thruway (I-90) was closed at 8:50am in both directions between exit 57 in Hamburg and exit 57A in Eden/Angola. high voltage power lines.

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

With high winds and snowstorms already causing visibility problems, Erie County Chief Executive Mark Polonkers has announced a complete Erie County-wide travel ban beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Poloncarz also tweeted that the Thruway situation was caused by a camper crashing into a utility pole.

State Police said westbound traffic from Interstate 90 is diverted at Exit 57 and eastbound traffic is diverted at Exit 58 at Silver Creek.

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

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

• I-190 Niagara County

• Route 219 from Peters Road, Ashford to Buffalo

• 400 from I-90 in Seneca West to Olean Road in Aurora

• Route 5 from Interstate 190 in Buffalo to Big Tree Road in Hamburg.

• I-90 is completely commercial vehicle barred.

Tops Markets also announced Friday morning that all stores in Erie and Niagara counties will be closed at 2 p.m. as a safety precaution for employees and customers.

The grocery chain was among a number of businesses that announced closings over the weekend, including Macy’s Place Pizzeria and Frank’s Gourmet Hot Dogs.

The University of Buffalo also canceled all activities scheduled for Friday and Saturday and announced that only essential personnel would be present.

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