A new travel ban has been issued in Western New York due to the blizzard. As conditions continue to deteriorate, driving safely has become virtually impossible.

Initially, the New York State Thruway was closed to all commercial travel. However, it is now closed to ALL travel.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced that a travel ban is in effect for the New York State Thruway as a treacherous winter storm rolls into the state. Starting at 6 am this morning, Friday, December 23, 2022, ALL COMMERCIAL VEHICLES will be banned on the New York State Thruway, I-90, from exit 46 to the Pennsylvania border, and the Niagara Thruway from I-90 to exit 22. Governor Hochul said,

With Mother Nature throwing everything she has at us this weekend, I encourage New Yorkers who are considering traveling for the holidays to do so before Friday or after Sunday to stay safe. Our agencies are well prepared, coordinated and ready to deploy assets and equipment if needed to respond to the storm. We want all New Yorkers to get where they need to go safely to celebrate the holidays with loved ones.

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Other Road Closures Are Imminent Due To Blizzard

The State Department of Transportation says that it will be closing the following roads in Erie County to all traffic starting at 6 am today until conditions improve:

-State Route 400
-State Route 219
-State Route 5 (Big Tree Road to I-190)

A restriction for trucks "Trucks Use Right Lane" on Interstate 81 from Exit 32 (Central Square) to Exit 51 (Alex Bay) starting at noon Friday.

The National Weather Service has not only warned about snow accumulation and flooding, but a flash freeze, all of which will make travel extremely dangerous.

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