UPDATED: New York's Travel Bans Lifted, Advisory Still In Place

Mar 13, 2017

UPDATE (4:29 p.m) Governor Cuomo has lifted all travel and tractor trailer restrictions on roadways across New York State. The tractor trailer bans on the New York State Thruway, I-81, I-86/Rt. 17, I-87 from Albany to the Canadian border and I-88 will be lifted effective immediately. The Broome County travel ban has also been lifted. 

Last night, the Governor lifted the full travel ban and tractor trailer ban on I-84 between the Connecticut border and the Pennsylvania border. 

Today, Cuomo traveled to the hardest-hit areas of Broome County, the Hudson Valley, and Oneida County. While in Rome, Cuomo said the state prepared for the worst of the storm to hit downstate but the storm’s path moved west.

“It’s just the logistical nightmare of having equipment that we moved out to New York City and that we moved out to Long Island,” Cuomo said. “And then you have to bring the equipment and personnel back up.”

UPDATE (1:20 p.m.) Broome County’s travel ban has been lifted, but there’s a travel advisory in place until Thursday morning.

BC Transit is operating on a modified schedule. The Binghamton Airport is again open.

The roads are again open in Tompkins County. The state of emergency and travel ban has been lifted in the City of Oneonta.

But officials still advise caution on the roads, including side streets. Extra plows and the National Guard are being deployed to help with snow removal in some areas. A winter storm warning remains in effect until 8 p.m. Wednesday for the entire region. 


BINGHAMTON (WSKG) - A massive snowstorm is expected to wind down later in the day on Wednesday, but still causing major travel problems.  It brought up to two feet of snow to parts of the Southern Tier, with several more inches possible today.

The powerful nor'easter paralyzed much of the Washington-to-Boston corridor, but fell short of predicted snowfall totals in New York, Boston and Philadelphia. The winter storm warning continues until 8pm on Wednesday.

Blowing and drifting snow will be the main issue on Wednesday with gusty winds forecasted and highs in the teens.

The storm, which followed a stretch of unusually mild weather, dumped 1 to 2 feet in many other places around the northeast, grounded more than 6,000 flights and knocked out power to nearly a quarter-million customers from Virginia northward.

By the time it reached Massachusetts, it had turned into a blizzard, with near hurricane-force winds gusting to over 70 mph along the coast.

Some of the heaviest snow in New York State included parts of Central New York, and the Southern Tier, with totals expected to top two feet in many places by the time the storm winds down later on Wednesday.

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The state of emergency and the travel ban inside the City of Binghamton has been lifted. Binghamton's mayor also says city offices will be open. However, the travel ban in the rest of Broome County remains in place. 

Roads are again open in Tompkins County, but an advisory remains in place.  County offices will also reopen today.

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig has lifted the State of Emergency and ban on non-emergency vehicle travel. The Snow Emergency, however, remains in effect. Onstreet parking is prohibited until further notice, to allow for snow removal and adequate space for safe travel. Vehicles parked on city streets will be towed.  

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced last night that both the travel ban and the tractor trailer ban on I-84 were lifted. A temporary tractor trailer ban remains in effect on I-81, I-86/Route 17, I-87 from Albany to the Canadian border, I-88 and on all of the New York State Thruway. The full travel ban for all of Broome County also remains in effect.

Andrew Cuomo said National Guard members and snow-removal equipment were being moved upstate from the New York City area.