Travelers, officials preparing for Tuesday’s nor’easter

COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Several flights are cancelled or delayed as the Capital Region braces for a large snow storm on Tuesday.

Travelers gazed at the schedule boards on Monday knowing that it could be a long night for them.

“I mean, worst case scenario, I’ll spend the night at the airport,” Susan Breeding said.

Breeding is traveling from Texas on her way to Chicago. She has already expected the worst.

JetBlue and Southwest Airlines have already cancelled their flights on Tuesday.

“Southwest here takes care of me and gets a different flight, but it might be tomorrow,” she said.

And then there are friends like Patrick Craft and Haras Hussain who are committed to a Las Vegas trip for their next extreme paintball tournament. They said they wanted to hop on a plane before conditions began to get worse.

The same threat hit those who planned to take the Amtrak train. Couples like Patrick and Sue Dailey bought tickets to see “The Book of Mormon” in New York but are fully aware it may not happen.

But they said they’re making the most out of it despite the storm being an inconvenience.

“We figured we’ll take the train from here and we don’t have to worry about parking, and we stay up off of Central Park West and it’ll just be a great time,” Patrick said.

The airport is also offering a waiver where travelers can book their flights at another airport or on other dates.

Albany International held a special planning meeting on Tuesday to prepare to work overtime until the storm subsides.

“We’ll go on 12-hour shifts as soon as it starts to snow. We’ll continue on 12-hour shifts until the snow has been cleared and that will probably be sometime Thursday before we get everything back to normal here.”

Latest forecast information from the Storm Tracker Weather Team.

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