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Storm causing travel delays, cancellations

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As you may have guessed, those looking to travel by plane or train have had a tough time doing so today. Our Karen Tararache is at Albany International Airport with more.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Prepping for a winter storm is one thing but how you'll act once it gets here is something else entirely.

Doug Meyers, spokesman for Albany International Airport said, "You gotta make the best of it, make some snow angels, go sleigh riding."

But there are many who won't be enjoying the snow and are waiting to begin their work in the thick of it.

"In Upstate New York we have 1,400 crews mainly in central and eastern NY in different hotels and different places around the area," said Patrick Stella, spokesman for National Grid.

With line trucks and support vehicles spread out, National Grid is ready to respond quickly to locations with power outages.

Patrick added, "The weather reports do the best they can but a little shift in the weather pattern can change things quite a bit."

And while the weather can be fickle, Rensselaer's AMTRAK trains managed to keep travelers happy.

"The train is the easiest way and the roads are going to be pretty bad and I know they usually keep the rails pretty clear," says Heather Jones of Connecticut.

Heather's train to Montreal was on time but not so lucky were the people trying to fly out of Albany.

Deborah Palmitier told us, "Our flight has gone from 2:40, then 2:50 now it's 3:05!"

Even though runway crews kept snow from accumulating, the boards flashed red, preventing many planes from heading out or coming in.

"If I hear a storm is coming I'm either going to cancel my flight or I'm going to try to get out early if I'm traveling for vacation," Doug Meyers said.

So when the snow falls and you've done all you can to prepare for it, some say the only thing left to do is just keep positive.

Deborah Palmitier added, "I've got my fingers crossed and my legs and my, I think we'll make it I got a good feeling."

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