Traveling early paid off for some, waiting backfired for others

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — It may have been a case of bad timing, a powerful Nor’easter bearing down on the east coast may have spared our end of the state, but for holiday travelers heading to destinations eastbound, it was enough to put the brakes on travel.

“I’m actually from the New York City area where they are currently about to get a storm,” that’s what UB Grad Student Meredith Morell had to say at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport as she waited for her flight today.

According to Gina DiSarro, NYSDOT Public Information Officer for Region 8, “The snow is starting to come down rather heavily and it is starting to stick to the roads. Our crews are doing their best to keep the roads clear here, but we can only keep on top of so much.” That’s in reference to the 8-14 inches of snow anticipated on this busy travel day across New York’s Capital District and the Upper Hudson Valley.

Steve Pacer is an AAA Spokesman, “The bad weather has already started on the east coast so if you can convince your family to start their Thanksgiving dinner a little later tomorrow, maybe have it Friday, that might be your safest bet.”

With many major east coast cities, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington right on the edge of the snow, even a slight shift in the track of the storm could mean major hassles at some very major airports. At a relatively quiet Buffalo-Niagara, people were trying to adjust.

“I made a little plan to get here earlier and hopefully things will go well,” said traveler Gary Edgemon hoping to catch his flight back to Tennessee after doing business in Buffalo. “When you get a text that say’s flight cancelled, we’re moving you to a later flight when the storm is supposed to get worse later, it adds a little bit of pressure,” said Morell.

If you’re still planning on flying, Steve Pacer has these tips. “Make sure the airline has your most up-to-date contact information, they could text you or email you that your flight is cancelled or delayed.”

At one point about 550 flights were cancelled and it is estimated that 46 million people will be traveling this Thanksgiving holiday period.

In the end, it’s all about being thankful with the people that you love. “I am definitely thankful for being able to get home, definitely my friends and family. They have been a huge support system for transitioning into grad school. I couldn’t have done it without them,” added Morell. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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