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Most, but not all, snow-related driving bans have been lifted

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Travel advisories in Western New York, updated at 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21, 2022.

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Most, but not all, snow-related travel bans in Erie County have been lifted.

The only part of Buffalo still under a driving ban for much of Monday was the "southern sections" of the City of Buffalo, including Lovejoy and Kaisertown. Mayor Byron Brown announced at 4 p.m. that ban had been lifted. The travel ban in Lackawanna was lifted and changed to a travel advisory at noon.

While bans may be lifted, other advisories – which urge against unnecessary travel – still remain in place in Hamburg, Orchard Park, West Seneca, Elma, Marilla, Aurora, Wales, Eden, Evans, Boston, Colden and Holland.

The City of Buffalo earlier Monday announced it has lifted its travel advisories in the east, west and northern sections of the city.

"It’s still not a great idea to be out and about, whether you’re sightseeing or you’re trying to do other things," said Daniel J. Neaverth Jr., the county's homeland security and emergency services commissioner, during an early morning briefing Monday.

Nevearth said officials will be monitoring how winds today may reverse some of the progress made at clearing roads.

Winds of 25 to 35 mph are forecast, with gusts of up to 50 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

A wind advisory goes into effect at 9 a.m. and runs through 7 p.m. for Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Orleans counties.

Hamburg's driving ban was lifted at 6 a.m. Monday, while Orchard Park's was lifted at midnight.

Route 219 and Thruway exits 56 (Milestrip Road/Route 179) and 57 (Camp Road/Route 75) have also reopened.

County officials advised motorists to continue to use caution, especially approaching intersections and areas where vehicles have been abandoned.

The key areas that still need help with snow removal are South Buffalo, Lovejoy, Lackawanna's First and Second wards, as well as smaller streets in Hamburg, said Karen Hoak, deputy public works commissioner.

All county roads have been cleared, Hoak said.

For motorists who had their vehicles towed in the county outside Buffalo, the vehicles have been towed to the parking lot of the former Sears store at the McKinley Mall. Check if your vehicle is on the county's list here. As of about 7 a.m., there were 102 vehicles on the list.

For drivers who had their vehicles towed in Buffalo, county officials said to contact the Buffalo police district where the tow occurred.

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