After being shuttered for more than four hours, a travel ban on Interstate 84 in New York was lifted shortly after 2 p.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office made the call to close the highway just before 8 a.m., citing heavy snowfall. Cuomo declared a statewide state of emergency this morning.
“State crews have been working diligently to clear snow and ice from roadways across the State,” Cuomo said in a statement. “It is important to note that while the vehicle ban on I-84 has been lifted all motorists should proceed with caution as slippery road conditions may remain in certain areas.”
It was the second time in as many months Cuomo had closed I-84 as a snow-storm precaution. His decision was criticized by Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, earlier this afternoon.