Thursday, Jan 31 WNY State of Emergency Update
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New York State Police are urging you to stay off of the roads and offer these tips related to motorists per News Reports:
Here are some tips from the state police:
- Get the latest weather forecast and road conditions before leaving via your local weather apps, radio or TV stations.
- Always clean your windows and mirrors FULLY of any snow and ice before driving.
- Keep a full tank of gas
- Make sure fluid levels are topped off (windshield washer fluid, anti-freeze)
- Make sure your spare tire is in working condition, and you have a jack and lug wrench
- Use headlights at all times to increase your visibility to others. Remember, if your windshield wipers are in use due to weather, then your headlights must be on.
- Drive prudently. If the conditions are adverse, you should decrease your speed accordingly.
- Brake early
- Do NOT use cruise control. This decreases your reaction time to apply brakes.
- Look out for events farther down the road. Creating more time to react can make a difference.
- Be aware of maintenance vehicles and emergency vehicles. Give them room to work.
- Stock your trunk to help you to be safe in case you are stopped or stranded in an area without assistance readily available:
- Gloves, blankets, warmers, tool kit, first-aid kit, non-perishable foods, water, working flashlight and batteries, cell phone charger, etc.
- Shovel, ice scraper, de-icer, snow brush, rock salt or cat litter, tow chain or cable, jumper cables or battery charger, etc.
- If you drive off the roadway and are stuck in a snow bank or ditch, stay in your vehicle and call 911. DO NOT exit your vehicle unless it is an absolute emergency. You put yourself at risk of being struck by another vehicle.
- Roll your windows down a few inches or turn your vehicle off if you are stranded in snow for a period of time with your vehicle running. Covered mufflers can cause serious physical injury or death due to inhalation of carbon monoxide.
- If you should become stranded on the Thruway or any roadway, know your location by being aware of your direction and milepost marker. This will help emergency personnel reach your location as quickly as possible.
The travel bans in Akron, Boston, Buffalo, Eden, Evans, Lancaster, Newstead, North Collins, Wales, the villages of Lancaster and Depew, and Genesee County have been lifted on Thursday morning.
Bans remain in place for Wales, Hamburg, Orchard Park, Marilla, Alden, Aurora, Brant, Elma. All travel is prohibited and cars must leave the roads.
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced Wednesday that service on the Nos. 70, 72, 74 and 76 routes -- express service to East Aurora, Hamburg and Orchard Park -- will be eliminated on Thursday.
Abbott Road is open between 20 and 20A, but Orchard Park Police are asking people to avoid the area due to a large amount of blowing snow.
Travel advisories are also in place for Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming counties, as well as Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Amherst and Lackawanna.
There are also some street parking bans in place -- the Village of Lancaster's runs until noon Friday, while the Village of Blasdell's will end at 7 that morning.
DO NOT CALL 911...THE ALTERNATE NUMBER IS
- 716-438-3393 opt 1 for NIAGARA COUNTY
- 716-858-2903 for ERIE COUNTY