The snow is slowing air travel and creating a non-stop work cycle for airport maintenance crews. Geoff Redick reports.
COLONIE, N.Y. -- By 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, a full eight inches of snow had fallen at the Albany International Airport.
But that's no stretch for runway maintenance crews. It's just another day at the "office."
"Snow is snow, we can deal with it," said airport spokesman Doug Meyers. "Ice is the real killer. When we get ice out here (on the runways), it stops everything. But snow is fine."
Three trucks, a blower, a plow and a sweeper, run together down the the 1.5 mile runway, for 12 hours straight. The three machines together manage to clear even the small grooves cut into the pavement, which help airplanes gain traction in slick conditions. keeping every notch and groove in the pavement, clear of snow.
"It takes time to get used to where you are out here," said sweeper driver Dan Keenan. With blowing snow, driver visiblity can sometimes drop to less than ten feet in front of the truck. "But it's a fun job, we enjoy it."
Airline travelers were "enjoying" themselves a little less on Wednesday, as they waited for word on flight cancellations and delays.
"There's a lot of red up there," remarked Colorado-based business analyst, Carter Smith.
Smith travels the country each week by plane, but was waiting for his latest travel assignment in the Albany terminal on Wednesday.
"It's heightened by the fact that I don't know where I'm going," said Smith. "I'm waiting for an assignment, and once I have that I'm hoping there will be a flight out of here."
But anywhere along the northeastern seaboard was a no-go.
"Unless conditions improve, I may be checking into a local hotel again for the night," smiled Smith.
Travelers headed west had more luck Wednesday. A small contingent of longbow marksmen only experienced a small delay, as they boarded a flight for a competition in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Weather conditions are expected to be cold but calm until Sunday, when another round of wintry weather may pass through the Capital Region.