Travelers scramble to beat blizzard, leave town

With a snowstorm imminent, many Connecticut flocked to transportation hubs to catch trains or flights out of town.



At Westchester County Airport, one woman said she was frustrated because she could not find the flight she needed, but other people said the airlines were cooperative.



Peter Scherrer, the airport manager, said one flight Monday night and all but one on Tuesday were canceled. The goal is to restore service by 6 a.m. Wednesday, he added.



Scherrer said blowing and drifting snow will be a major problem with keeping the runways clear because crews cannot use chemicals or road salt. They use 15 snow sweepers and snowblowers to clear the runways.



The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for western Connecticut from Monday night through Tuesday. The coastal storm could drop a foot of snow or more on the area.



The storm is expected to move in around midnight Tuesday, with snow continuing throughout the day and into early Wednesday.



Amtrak and Metro-North had not announced any service changes as of 5 p.m. Monday.


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