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Rochester airport braces for storm

Rochester, N.Y. - A massive winter storm is threatening to complicate millions of Americans' Thanksgiving travel plans.

The wet system from the south, colliding with frigid air from the north, is aimed at eastern states.

Drivers from Georgia to Maryland could face icy roads and Western Pennsylvania is already digging out from under as much as 20 inches of snow.

According to AAA, 25 million Americans plan to travel by plane this Thanksgiving--3 million on Thanksgiving Day alone.

Airports are hustling to prepare for the extra traffic and the weather.
Rochester's airport director says they've already implemented their snow and ice control plan, increasing manpower. So when the winter storm arrives, they are ready to de-ice planes and clear snow from the runways.

Some flights have been delayed or canceled at Rochester's airport, but those changes can't always be blamed on problems in Rochester.

"What we've noticed is that the airlines are being more proactive in canceling flights, said Airport Director Mike Giardino. They're being more pre-emptive, and what that means is, we encourage people to check with their airline carrier before coming to the airport to avoid getting stranded here."

Some airlines are actually waiving fees for travelers who want to change their tickets.

The offers from Delta and U.S. Airways only apply to those flying through certain areas that will be impacted by the storm, and for a limited time.

 
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