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Snowstorm slams the region

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STRATTON, Vt. -

The big snowstorm was just getting started Thursday. Travel was tricky, but the snow is a welcome sight for many after some weird weather so far this season. It's good for the economy and businesses that rely on snow. People at Stratton Mountain couldn't be happier with all the snow.

But out on the roads things got a little dicey with low visibility and snow-covered roads.

There is a silver lining though. Things could always be a little worse.

"I think we're prepared as we can be; this is a snowstorm in February. We're fortunate that we're not forecasted to have the ice that they're having in the Southern states that we're seeing on the news. I think with that, if people are prudent, we'll be fine," said Joe Flynn of Vermont Emergency Management.

The governor says the snow is great news for Vermont's economy and outdoor enthusiasts.

"We want to thank the weather gods for bringing us white gold to Vermont," said Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont.

But he also issued a warning: "Just want to remind Vermonters that as used to snow as we are, obviously be cautious, stay off the roads if you don't need to be on them. Once the storm gets kicking clear out heating vents if you've got high build up, particularly in the southern end of the state to avoid unwanted poisoning. And obviously check on your neighbors and friends as we go into the storm."

While the governor is advising folks to stay off the roads during the storm, there are still travelers trying to get where they need to go by land and air. And people are running into problems at the Burlington Airport. Winter weather up and down the East Coast led to a number of cancellations and delays Thursday. Flights from cities like New York, Philadelphia and Washington were called off and cancellations for outbound flights to cities including Cleveland were canceled.

Passengers are encouraged to check with their individual carriers about possible delays and cancellations.

"It is frustrating. I travel a lot, you have to deal with it, it is hard to travel this time of year. Valentine's Day is tomorrow and I had some plans to deal with, but you learn to deal with it," said Steve Thayer of Chicago.

"The one bag that's missing has my ski boots, my helmet, my gloves, my ski pants-- all the things I needed to get out on the ski slope and enjoy," said Joseph Seifts of Cleveland.

There are also problems for people traveling by bus. Greyhound service from the airport has been canceled until further notice due to the inclement weather.

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