UPDATE: Travel banned in city of Batavia due to state of emergency | Public Service News


BATAVIA — Travel and parking bans are in effect in the city of Batavia.

A local state of emergency has been declared, city police said. The area is still experiencing hazardous weather conditions, high winds and increasing snowfall accumulation.

The travel ban affects all city streets and the parking ban is citywide, police said.

Failure to obey this order is a Class B misdemeanor.

“Please stay home and stay safe,” city police said.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE A travel ban continues for parts of Genesee County, while other parts of the county will be under a travel advisory beginning at noon.

Road conditions in several areas of Genesee County, mostly the western towns, continue to be extremely dangerous with severe blizzard conditions, blowing and drifting snow, zero visibility and extreme cold temperatures, the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Emergency service providers are still in the process of attempting to clear vehicles that became 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 at noon Dec. 24, for Byron, Bergen, Bethany, Le Roy, Stafford, and Pavilion.

“We cannot stress enough how important it is for your safety and that of our emergency personnel that you stay where you are until conditions improve,” Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron Jr. said in a news release. “Hundreds of vehicles are stranded, and it has been very challenging, if not impossible, to get to them. We want everyone to have a safe holiday so if you have to postpone family gatherings, please do so. It could save your life or that of your loved ones.”

A travel ban means no travel for anyone except emergency vehicles which includes police, fire, ambulance, and snow plows.

A travel advisory means that no unnecessary travel is advised. A trip which could wait until the advisory is lifted should not be made.

The ban was modified, Sheron said, after consulting with the Genesee County Highway Superintendent, Emergency Management Services Coordinator, and the County Manager.

The National Weather Service said in a forecast discussion this morning that very strong winds will continue today with wind-drive heavy lake effect snows northeast of the lakes continuing to create blizzard conditions. Heavy lake snows will last through at least Christmas Day, possibly lingering into the first part of next week, the National Weather Service said in a forecast discussion this morning.

The blizzard warning for Genesee and Orleans counties is scheduled to be in effect until 7 a.m. Sunday and the winter storm warning for Wyoming County is in effect until 1 a.m. Monday.

The travel advisory for Wyoming County was lifted about 8:15 a.m. this morning by Acting Wyoming County Sheriff David Linder.

A travel ban remains in effect in Orleans County, where Sheriff Chris Bourke this morning described conditions as “treacherous” and said that some roads are not passable. There is low visibility, with blowing and drifting snow.

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