Williston, Virginia (WCAX) – An impending storm is expected to bring rain, snow and high winds to our area. This has resulted in flights and trains being canceled and travel warnings issued across the region. Now people are re-routing their vacation trips or making new plans to stay at home.
Ferrisburg’s Damon Nazarenko said, “I think I’ll probably avoid driving on Saturday mornings. That’s going to be pretty bad.”
Nazarenko is just one of many Vermonters who have decided to celebrate the holidays closer to home as a huge winter storm approaches.
“I’m just going to put my head down and take it easy and go to my parents’ house,” said Nazarenko. “No matter how many tires you get, running on ice is not good. Let’s face it.”
“I’m staying local and staying home,” said Bristol’s Nina Hualong. “I don’t really like traveling in winter. I don’t like driving in winter at all. I don’t drive on black ice, I’ve learned my lesson. I will let you.”
Flyers are inflexible. Some of Friday’s flights have already been cancelled. Despite some delays at Burlington International Airport on Thursday, people were happy to be able to move on before the storm.
“I had to rebook my flight. I was originally going through Chicago. It didn’t work out and I’m going through DC now. I was so stressed out, I just wanted to go home.” I haven’t been home in a while,” said Luke Arnell of Burlington.
“I have been watching the Weather Channel non-stop for the last four or five days. I thought you would. I did,” said Kimberly Gill of New Orleans.
About 14,000 fliers are expected to pass through Burlington Airport between Thursday and next Tuesday. Airports are asking travelers to check their phones before leaving home.
“Paying attention to airline schedules is the best advice for people planning to travel tomorrow. Be sure to check your email. Stay up to date with what the airline is posting. If you have any questions, be sure to call the airline as well,” advised ground transportation director Shelby Roger.
If you were planning to travel by train on Friday, you’re out of luck.
Dan Delabruere of VTrans said:
Weather permitting, we will resume service on Saturday.
Amtrak said customers can call 1-800-USA-RAIL if their trip is affected, and change and cancellation fees will be waived.
If you plan to drive on Friday, expect freezing to begin in the afternoon.
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