As blizzard conditions continue south of Buffalo, most travel bans remain in place

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Erie and Orleans counties remain closed on Sunday as high winds and snowstorms continue to cause visibility problems for drivers.

The ban has been lifted in Genesee and Niagara counties.

Niagara County and the city of Niagara Falls lifted the curfew on Sunday morning as workers cleared obstructions and kept the snowdrift moving.

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office has announced that Niagara County, which includes the cities of Lockport, Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda, will continue to enforce travel advisories.

Genesee County has travel advisories.

Due to the ongoing difficult situation, drivers are urged to exercise “extreme caution” when choosing to drive.

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.

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“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.

Prohibition prohibits the movement of persons other than emergency responders. No unnecessary travel is advised under travel advisories.

The thruway remains closed to all traffic from Exit 46 to the Pennsylvania border. All I-190 and I-290 were also closed.

These roads also remain closed, 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.

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

News staff reporter Barb O’Brien contributed to this report.

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