The travel ban has been lifted in Erie County as road conditions improve and warmer weather sets in.

The travel ban was lifted in New York’s Erie County a few days after it was put in place, as a deadly snowstorm swept through the region, at times reducing visibility to zero.

The ban imposed on Friday expired at 00:01 Thursday, officials said.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown told reporters Wednesday evening that the roads were in good enough condition to lift the ban.

“It’s been 6 days,” Brown said. “Some people have been unable to replenish groceries, replenish medicines, get medical appointments, and being able to safely lift the travel ban now will allow people to do these important things.”

Most streets in the city are passable, Brown said, and he expects crews to pass through the center of every residential street by the end of the night.

Despite the lifting of the ban, travel advice has been put in place in Erie County as cleanup continues and the county’s state of emergency continues. Brown asked people to be careful not to drive unnecessarily.

More than 450 vehicles were clearing and hauling snow from the streets of Buffalo, he said, and many of the traffic lights still didn’t work.

The storm threw more than 20 inches of snow in parts of New York City, including nearly 52 inches at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, according to the National Weather Service.

A severe storm plunged much of the United States into deep frost, creating life-threatening conditions as more than 1 million homes and businesses were left in the dark, and disrupted flight schedules during a busy week of holiday travel.

At least 76 people died as a result of the storm, according to NBC News. Erie County accounted for 37 deaths, 29 of which occurred in Buffalo.

Weather-related deaths have also been reported in Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Illinois and Vermont.

In Buffalo, officials said the number could possibly increase.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said Wednesday night that police have eliminated a backlog of calls related to welfare checks, stranded motorists and body reports.

The monstrous storm that killed dozens across the US over the Christmas weekend continued to wreak havoc in New York State and air travelers across the country as stories surfaced of families trapped for days during the "blizzard of the century."
The National Guard is helping with recovery from a record-breaking winter storm in Buffalo on Wednesday. Jorge Uzon / AFP – Getty Images

Search and rescue teams returned on Thursday to check locations where bodies were found but could not be confirmed, either due to the amount of snow or location uncertainty, Gramaglia said.

“We believe there have been several credible 911 calls that have contained more information… small single digits, so we will again be focusing our efforts on those areas,” he told reporters.

In Erie County, 17 people who died during the blizzard were found on the street, and four were in the car, according to county officials. Mark Polonkarts.

Several people have died due to delayed emergency care or from heart attacks associated with snow shoveling or wind shoveling. According to him, of the dead, nine people died due to the fact that there was no heat in their homes.

Polonkarts said in tweet On Wednesday evening, 500 members of the National Guard conducted nearly 850 health checks on residents who were experiencing extended power outages.

Power was restored to New York City, with about 400 customers in the state without power by early Thursday, according to

In Buffalo, where more than 20,000 customers were without power at one point during the storm, only three were without power Wednesday night, Mayor Brown said.

On Wednesday, city offices, facilities and roads reopened as temperatures soared into the 40s in parts of New York City.

Buffalo Niagara International Airport, which was closed from friday, reopened on Wednesday.

New York Gov. Katie Hochul said Wednesday night that all major state highways in western New York, including the Erie County section of Interstate 190 and several state routes, would reopen at midnight.

“I am extremely grateful to all road maintenance workers, first responders and emergency responders who continue to work tirelessly to help their fellow New Yorkers,” Hochul said in a statement..

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