Southeast Airports, Road Crews Race to Prepare for Rare Snow and Ice

By Jillian MacMath, Staff Writer
January 28, 2014; 4:42 AM ET
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Airports and road crews are in a race against time to prepare for a major winter storm taking aim at the Southeast through Wednesday, bringing as many as 10 inches to some places.

Fifty trucks and 70 crew members are prepared for the storm in Wake County, N.C., which could receive 3-6 inches of snow beginning Tuesday.

"We're brining as much as we can today," Steve Abbott, communications supervisor for the North Carolina Department of Transportation said of the Raleigh area Monday.

The area has not received a significant snow event yet this year.

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If necessary, outlying counties will be called in to assist in snow removal, to ensure interstates and other major routes are clear, Abbott said.

The Raleigh-Durham International Airport has been warning travelers for days of potential winter storm impacts for central North Carolina.

Delta Airlines canceled hundreds of flights at the Houston Bush Airport in Houston, Texas, on Monday afternoon, in anticipation of the storm.

Numerous cancellations and delays were occurring last week for travelers headed Northeast, according to the airport's Twitter account, as a winter storm hammered Philadelphia and New York City up to Boston.

The storm is also forecast to bring 1-3 inches of snow to the Atlanta area, threatening to snarl travel plans for thousands.

"All snow-related equipment-runway de-icers, snowplows, sweepers, etc.- are being checked to make sure they are operating and ready for use," Reese McCranie, director of communications for the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport told

As for cancellations and delays from this storm, it's too soon to tell who might be affected, McCranie said.

Farther south, an icy mix will threaten portions of northwestern Florida.

"Along the I-10 corridor is where the worst conditions will be with ice. Anyone living along or near that corridor are going to run into some issues," Expert Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.

Florida Department of Transportation's Northwest District has already loaded dry sand onto spreader trucks and has equipment staged at operations sites, a spokesperson told Monday.

"This is probably one of those storms that only occurs every 10 years or so. Air and ground travel could certainly be impacted tremendously," Kottlowski said.


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