The Latest: Baltimore officials lift travel ban


NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the recovery efforts following the blizzard that slammed a large swath of the United States (all times local):

8 a.m.

Baltimore officials have lifted an emergency travel ban for the snow-smothered city, but some restrictions remain in place.

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation said in a news release that the so-called Phase III ban was lifted at 6 a.m. Sunday. The ban had prohibited all travel in the city except for emergency vehicles. Officials urged residents who didn’t need to go out to still stay off the roads.

The Phase II plan remains in effect, meaning all vehicles venturing out on city roads must have all-weather tires. In addition, officials said parking will still be restricted along snow emergency routes.”

The city is continuing to offer free parking for residents in city garages on a first-come, first-served basis.

The National Weather Service said on its Weather Prediction Center website early Sunday that more than a foot of snow had fallen in Baltimore — 16 inches to be exact.

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7 a.m.

New York’s governor says a travel ban instituted during a massive snowstorm has been lifted.

Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) announced Sunday that the ban barring non-emergency motorists from being on the roads was lifted at 7 a.m.

The travel ban covered all state and local roads in New York City, the Long Island Expressway and Northern State Parkway and the Port Authority’s Hudson River crossings.

The governor says full service to the above-ground portions of the Metro-North, Long Island Rail Road and city subway systems will be restored gradually, as equipment and crews are put into position.

Cuomo says the MTA will restore bus, subway and regional railroad service as conditions warrant throughout Sunday.

The governor declared a state of emergency Saturday throughout New York City and its suburbs during the storm that moved through the area with high wind and heavy snow.

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