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State of Emergency for Erie County lifted, travel bans lifted

Posted at 1:01 PM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 23:18:48-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The State of Emergency for Erie County was lifted on Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

A travel advisory was lifted for northern Erie County, but remained in effect for southern Erie County.

While some parts of Western New York are clear, others are still seeing snowfall.

As of 11 p.m. Thursday, Route 219 open and Route 400 is being opened shortly. Route 5 is still closed.

Travel bans have lifted for all of Erie County as of Thursday morning, including the following towns: Elma, Orchard Park, Hamburg, Eden, Brant, North Collins, Evans, Alden, Aurora and Marilla.

A travel ban for Genesee County was lifted late Wednesday night.

Many people are now digging out from the blizzard, like Jim Opoka from Orchard Park.

"My snowblower is 20 years old and it still starts on the first pull," he said.

County officials say the cold we're experiencing Thursday can be life threatening. Make sure to limit your exposure, and dress in layers.