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Fierce Winter Storm Hits Tri-State Area (page 4)

People walk through the snow during a winter storm in lower Manhattan on Jan. 2, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

People walk through the snow during a winter storm in lower Manhattan on Jan. 2, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

Cancellations Mount At Area Airports

The flight cancellations began well before the snow fell.

“Among the three airports, we’re talking about a round number of 500 cancellations,” said Thomas Bosco, Interim Director of Aviation for the Port Authority. “We have an ample supply of cots, pillows and blankets and other amenities to try to minimize the inconvenience should you decide to be an overnight guest at one of our airport facilities.”

Man looks at cancellation board at LaGuardia Airport, Jan. 2, 2014. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Man looks at cancellation board at LaGuardia Airport, Jan. 2, 2014. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

The area airports are expecting over 10 inches of snow and high winds.

“We have our work cut out for us,” said Bosco.

The airports will remain open during the snow, Diamond reported.

As of 5 p.m., arrival delays were averaging five hours, CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported.

The Port Authority crews will be going into overdrive when it comes to snow removal at LaGuardia, Newark and JFK airports, Schneider reported.

“We have a fleet of specialized snow removal vehicles and equipment,” he said.

With a small number of flights coming into area airports Thursday, cancellations are expected through Friday, Diamond reported.

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