Travel bans lifted, but driving conditions still hazardous

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WATERTOWN — The travel bans in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties have all been lifted, even as driving conditions in the north country remain treacherous due to the winter storm.

Jefferson County lifted its travel ban on Monday morning, announced in an email from the county sheriff’s office. A “no unnecessary travel” advisory was issued in place of the outright ban.

“Blowing and drifting snow and high snowbanks will continue to impede visibility, and ongoing cleanup and recovery efforts will create additional hazards to motorists,” the release said.

St. Lawrence County allowed its travel ban for Waddington, Madrid, Lisbon, Oswegatchie, DePeyster, Macomb, Hammond and Rossie to expire at noon on Christmas Day, also issuing a “no unnecessary travel” advisory that expired at 8 p.m. Sunday. The Lewis County travel ban was lifted the morning of Christmas Eve.

Conditions Monday were clearer than the weekend for most of the north country. But in the city of Watertown, the snow kept coming Monday morning, adding a few more inches to the already feet-high drifts and poles.

Jefferson County’s fire and emergency management director Joseph D. Plummer said the snow Monday was focused mainly in Watertown and northern Jefferson County, with a band moving north, through Watertown, Clayton, Alexandria Bay and Gouverneur, across the St. Lawrence River and into southern Ontario. Southern Jefferson County and Lewis County saw very little snow Monday.

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