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Closures, parking and driving bans still impacting Erie County

Posted by NYSDOT Western NY on Twitter: "DOT crews worked through the night on removing snow from ramps on Route 400 in Erie County which still remains closed"
Posted by NYSDOT Western NY on Twitter: "DOT crews worked through the night on removing snow from ramps on Route 400 in Erie County which still remains closed"

This story will be updated to include major closures and suspensions. This story was last updated Tuesday Dec. 27 at 9:50 a.m.

Please email news@wbfo.org with any municipal, business, or utility closures and suspensions.


A driving ban remains in the City of Buffalo. All of Erie County remains under a State of Emergency.

Per Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, it is illegal for companies to require employees living or working in travel ban areas to violate the travel ban unless the employee is an essential worker. Full-service grocery stores are considered essential.


  • The Thruway remains closed from Pennsylvania to I-390
  • Route 198 closed from I-190 to Route 33 (Kensington Expy)
  • Route 33 closed from Genesee Street to N Oak St
  • I-190 is closed from Exit 21 (Buffalo Avenue) to I-90
  • Route 5 is closed from Big Tree Rd in Hamburg to I-190 in Buffalo


The entire Town of Tonawanda will
have a parking ban starting at 12 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27 until further notice.


Erie County Medical Center: All staff should report on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. All ECMC Outpatient Clinics – except for Outpatient Dialysis – will be closed and per-scheduled surgical or interventional procedures will not be performed on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. 

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport airfield will remain closed until 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022.

NFTA's Customer Service Line for Paratransit is not working. Call 716-855-7239 for PAL concerns.

ALL NFTA Metro service is not in operation as of Monday, Dec. 26, 2022.

Erie County Courts will be virtual on Tuesday, Dec. 27, "with the exception of criminal court arraignments and any emergency criminal matters, emergency matters will be handled virtually."

Courts can be contacted at:
Erie Supreme and County Court - (716) 845-9300
Erie Surrogate’s Court - (716) 845-2560
Erie Family Court - (716) 845-7400
Buffalo City Court - (716) 845-2600
Lackawanna City Court - (716) 845-7220
Tonawanda City Court - (716) 845-2160
Court staff can also be reached via email at:

Erie Supreme and County Court: ErieSupreme@nycourts.gov
Erie Surrogate’s Court: ErieSurrogateHelp@nycourts.gov
Erie Family Court Erie: FamilyHelp@nycourts.gov
Buffalo City Court: BuffaloCity@nycourts.gov
Lackawanna City Court: LackawannaCity@nycourts.gov
Tonawanda City Court: TonawandaCity@nycourts.gov

Caucus and Common Council Meeting is canceled for Tuesday, Dec. 27. Any questions contact the Common Council Staff Office by phone at (716) 851-5105 or email at councilstaff@buffalony.gov.

Buffalo and Erie County Downtown Central Library and all Buffalo Library Branches are closed through Tuesday, Dec. 27.

The Galleria Mall is closed on Monday, Dec. 26. The reopening will be based on weather conditions.

The Inclusive Christmas Mass at St. Bernadette's Church, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 28, is canceled.


Modern Disposal in Lockport has postponed recycling and garbage collection indefinitely. Do not leave your receptacles at the road.

Emyle Watkins is an investigative journalist covering disability for WBFO.