Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Afterschool events including Board of Education meetings in the Lockport and Royalton Hartland school districts, are canceled today around eastern Niagara County due to heavy snow.
Also, a driving advisory is in effect throughout Niagara County. Motorists are strongly advised to avoid all unnecessary travel while the storm and its effects last, according to Christian Peck, public information officer for the Niagara County Legislature. Snowfall is projected to continue until 10 p.m.
Mayor Michael Tucker issued an additional driving advisory for the City of Lockport. City offices were closed and non-emergency staff were sent home at 2 p.m. Tonight's Common Council meeting was called off and rescheduled for Feb. 12.
Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier today declared a state of emergency for all New York counties, effective immediately as a winter storm continues to bring heavy snow, ice and freezing rain upstate and downstate.
“New Yorkers in affected regions should stay off the roads, check on their neighbors and loved ones, and stay inside their homes until the worst of the storm has passed," Cuomo said in a statement by the governor's office.
In Niagara County, a decision was made to suspend non-emergency related county operations while the state of emergency is in effect. Employees were sent home and county offices including Niagara County Court were closed.
It is anticipated that all county offices will open on time Thursday and operate normally, Peck said.
Lockport City School District elected to send all students home 1 hour earlier than normal because of the weather. The school board's scheduled Wednesday work session was canceled.
The Royalton Hartland Board of Education's Wednesday meeting was postponed to Thursday.