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Travel Woes, Storm Preps Arrive Ahead Of Winter Storm

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn & SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — Not a single flake had fallen in New England Tuesday night, but still “red” cancellation notices were plastered on the flight status screens at Bradley International Airport and elsewhere across the region. ABC40 found travelers Stephanie Lennon and Ricky McChardy at the end of a long day that began in Florida.

“Got bumped off one flight, they told us we’d have better luck on the next flight, then we got in line, waited a few hours for that one, got bumped from that one, they sent us to the other end of the airport, got bumped from that one,” McChardy said with a laugh.

Finally, Jet Blue told the two that with overwhelming cancellations, the best they could do was fly to Hartford, even though their destination was Boston.

“We weren’t going to get out tomorrow. We’d be stuck in Florida for a couple days and  they are planning more snow tomorrow this weekend, so we had to get as close to home as possible,” Lennon said.

The goal was to catch a ride home from a generous friend before the snow arrived. It’s a traveling nightmare ahead of a storm that was forecasted to bring big Wednesday rush hour headaches for local drivers. Springfield leaders say like in the past, they can handle this latest winter storm.

“We have four-wheel drive vehicles in service, we’ll have a full compliment of officers, all we ask is that you be patient,” Springfield Police Deputy Chief Bill Cochrane said. “If you call 911 and it’s an emergency, we will get there.”

“The last couple storms have been light and fluffy snow,” Emergency Management Director Bob Hassett said. “This is going to have a different character to it. It’s going to be a heavier, wetter snow. That’s means pushing it around won’t be as easy.”

That’s why plows are prepped and schools in Springfield and elsewhere are closed Wednesday. Public safety officials remind everyone to stock up on required medications, check on pets, the elderly, and the vulnerable. While power outages are not anticipated to be a major issue in this storm, firefighters are also reminding residents to never touch downed wires and never put a generator inside your home.

Above all, public safety officials say staying in and hunkering down is a good way to ride out this storm, something Lennon and McChardy agree with.

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