Travel bans remain in place for parts of Genesee County, while travel advisories are in effect for other parts of the county starting at noon.
Road conditions in some areas of Genesee County, primarily the western towns, continue to be extremely hazardous due to severe blizzard conditions, blizzards and drifting snow, zero visibility, and extreme cold.
An emergency service provider is in the process of clearing a vehicle that has been stranded overnight.
The travel ban remains in effect for Alabama, Oakfield, Elba, Pembroke, Darien, Alexander and Batavia.
The travel ban has been downgraded to a travel advisory effective December 24 at noon for Byron, Bergen, Bethany, Leroy, Stafford and Pavilion.
Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron Jr. said in a news release, “We stress how important it is for your safety and the safety of emergency personnel that you stay where you are until the situation improves. “There are hundreds of vehicles stranded and it is very difficult, if not impossible, to reach them. We wish everyone a safe holiday.” , if you have to postpone family gatherings, do so, it may save your life or that of your loved ones.”
Prohibition of movement means prohibition of movement other than emergency vehicles such as police, fire trucks, ambulances, and snowplows.
Travel advice means not recommending unnecessary travel. No travel should be made that can wait until the advisory is lifted.
Sheron said the ban was changed after consulting with the Genesee County Highway Superintendent, the Emergency Management Services Coordinator, and the County Manager.
The National Weather Service said in a discussion of forecasts this morning that very strong winds will continue today, with heavy lake-effect snow from winds northeast of the lake continuing to create blizzard conditions. It will continue, and likely into the first half of next week, the National Weather Service said in a forecast discussion this morning.
A blizzard warning is in place for Genesee and Orleans counties through 7 AM Sunday and a winter storm warning for Wyoming County is in effect until 1 AM Monday.
The Wyoming County travel advisory was lifted at approximately 8:15 am this morning by Acting Wyoming County Sheriff David Linder.
A travel ban remains in Orleans County, with Sheriff Chris Burke this morning describing the situation as “dangerous” and saying some roads are impassable. Visibility is poor and there are blizzards and blizzards.