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Snowstorm could drop 12-24 inches on Vt.

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A massive winter storm is headed our way.

Parts of the state could see up to 2 feet, and if Burlington gets 17 inches, that would make this end of the season storm one of the top 20 biggest storms ever in the Queen City. VTrans and airport officials say they are doing what they can to brace for Wednesday.

"We have our crews staggered right now and everybody is resting getting ready for the next 48 hours we anticipate being a challenge. But we're ready for it," said Gene Richards of the Burlington International Airport.

The Burlington Airport-- and much of Vermont-- is gearing up for what may be one of the biggest storms this winter. Some parts of the state could see upward of 20 inches of snow.

"The snow is going to be stacking up on us, we know that. We want to get the word out to everyone that you can expect pretty challenging travels tomorrow," said Dave Blackmore of VTrans.

Blackmore says crews have been loading up their trucks with salt and brine and will be fully staffed and ready to go Wednesday morning. Blackmore says there is no shortage of materials, but the winter has put a major dent in the budget.

VTrans has spent more than $23 million on maintenance so far this year, and crews have used nearly 109,000 tons of salt. Compared to a 5-year average, VTrans has already spent more and used more salt this year, but says right now the most important piece is getting everyone through the winter blast safe.

"This is a storm that you really need to be careful in. It's going to be very hard to see in it, and it's going to be some pretty challenging driving that you're going to see both going into the storm and coming out of the storm. It's not going to be a quick cleanup after it. It's going to take us a while," Blackmore said.

Back at the airport, officials say they have their plows and brushes ready to roll to try to keep up with the anticipated heavy precipitation. Many flights are expected to be delayed and cancelled starting Wednesday and airport officials urge travelers to be patient getting to their destination.

"Sometimes we let people migrate and we suggest maybe going to another airport – they don't want people on the road. So that's a dangerous thing. So just call in if they can, the best thing to do is call and check and not necessarily get on the road," said Richards.

For those air travelers landing Tuesday night, they say it was relief to make it just in the nick of time.

"Honestly I didn't even realize how big it is going to be until I was here and realized, wow, everything is going to be cancelled so I'm pretty happy right now. I'm not going to lie," said UVM student J.T. Glover.

Schools across the region have already started canceling classes for Wednesday – click here for the latest information. 

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