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Poloncarz To Business: Stay Closed, Drivers Stay Home

(WBEN)  There is still a state of emergency in Erie County and County Executive Mark Poloncarz is urging businesses to look long and hard at the possibility of staying closed one more day

" I think business owners have to use common sense, just like we said yesterday of people needing to use common sense before they leave their house. Because this is a very dangerous situation which is life threatening," Poloncarz said Tuesday morning during a briefing with the media and emergency officials.

"If there truly is no need to be open, I would suggest to not be open. In the areas where there is a driving ban, .....our employees might not be able to get to work," he said.


State of Emergency in Erie County, Depew, O.P. & Lancaster | Driving Bans in Aurora, Angola, Blasdell, Brant, Cheektowaga, Eden, Evans, Depew, Hamburg, Lancaster, Lackawanna, Orchard Park & West Seneca. The Town of Tonawanda urges no unnecessary travel

In addition the Thruway is closed Westbound at Exit 46/I-390 Roch. and in all lanes from Pennsylvania to Lackawanna. Routes 400 and 219 and the Skyway are also closed.

Over 130 area businesses and schools have closed for the day Tuesday   SEE THE LIST HERE

While suggesting that businesses do not open tomorrow, Poloncarz stopped short of asking the Buffalo Sabres to postpone their game against the Carolina Hurricanes at First Niagara Center Tuesday evening.

"I'm not going to make a determination whether the Sabres play. I remember many many years ago there was a snowstorm in which the Sabres played I think the Los Angeles Kings and there were only a thousand people that attended the game. It's my understanding the Carolina Hurricanes are in town... Maybe they'll go with the game, but I don't necessarily recommend people driving downtown at this point

As of noon, the team had not decided,  releasing an official statement via Twitter saying only "We are still gathering all the pertinent information regarding the weather forecast for later today. We will make a final decision about tonight’s game vs. Carolina Hurricanes by mid-afternoon. We have been in contact with the City of Buffalo, Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL office regarding the status of the game.” .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has announced the following storm related modifications to Metro bus and rail service:

Metro Rail will continue to operate throughout the day and evening.  

Metro routes #14, 15, 16, 36, 42, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75, 76, have suspended service         for the remainder of today.

Metro routes #1, 2, 4, 6, 22, 26, 32 will only operate to the city line as of now.

Metro routes #1, 2, 4, 6, 19, 32 will discontinue service as of 5 p.m.

Metro routes #22 & 26 will continue operating to the city line past 5 p.m.  

All routes not listed will continue providing service throughout the day, but probably will be running late due to the storm.  

All Metro employees are asked to report to their respective locations as scheduled.

Metro is planning to provide as much service as possible Wednesday, Jan. 7, based on the weather conditions.

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