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Massive storm wreaks havoc on travelers by land and air

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Heavy snow all day Wednesday made for slow going and tricky travel. The storm that blanketed the state has made it hard to keep roads clear.

The constant snow has meant all hands on deck at the Burlington international Airport.

"It's nonstop. We will be out here until it stops snowing," said Travis Mott, an airfield maintenance worker.

Mott says he loves driving the massive snowplow, but has a big responsibility to keep the airport runways clear.

"The condition of the runway, we need it to be pretty close to bare so that they have good braking action. If planes don't have good braking action then they can't stop, and that's when problems happen," Mott said.

Mott says the airport has a whole fleet of trucks, and plows, and two crews that will be clearing the runways around the clock until the snow stops. But despite their efforts, it wasn't enough to keep flights coming and going.

"The biggest factor is the visibility out there and the winds. You want to have obviously good visibility when you're landing, and right now the minimums are very low," said Doug Wood of the Burlington Airport.

Poor visibility led to the cancellation of every flight Wednesday.

"I'm flying to Washington, D.C., first and then back to Chicago. So, we'll see if it happens. I'm flying out at 7:30 p.m., so I have time for it to dissipate and get back to normal. Hopefully," said traveler Ian Millette.

As the storm rages on, airport officials urge travelers to call ahead to check on flights before making the trip in these dangerous conditions.

And while this mid-March storm is a headache for many, some are making the most of it.

"It was easier than walking with my boots surprisingly," said Jake Blend who skied to the store. "The sidewalks really haven't been plowed at all so it was kind of perfect and a lot of fun. It's very powdery right now so I can sledge through it. It's fun."

As of Wednesday night, nearly 400 schools had already canceled classes for Thursday.

Click here for the flight status list from the Burlington Airport.

Click here for the flight status list from the Plattsburgh Airport.

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