Heavy snowfall will slow or shutdown travel this weekend

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The first major snowstorm will arrive this weekend, delivering a healthy amount of snow from the North Country of New York to southern areas of Vermont & New Hampshire.

Whether you travel by land or air, this weekend will bring travel headaches.

According to Amtrak, ‘The Vermonter’ will not be in service Sunday due to the storm.

For those traveling by road over the busy holiday weekend, Vermont’s Agency of Transportation is urging drivers to take it slow.

According to David Blackmore, a District Transportation Administrator, it’s all hands on deck this weekend. “Trucks have been out & treating the roads,” he said. 

Blackmore told Local 22 & Local 44 News that it’s important to pretreat the roads to avoid the threat of black ice. All of the agency’s 275 plow trucks will be out, and, according to Blackmore, drivers will be working close to 16-hour shifts.

Saturday night into Sunday morning is when the heaviest of the snow will fall, and Blackmore says to expect snow-covered roads. 

“We’re going to focus on plowing. We’re going to focus on hills, curves, and intersections. We are going to focus on those areas where people tend to stop, people tend to turn, and need that traction,” said Blackmore. 

Similar steps will be taken at Burlington International Airport, according to Gene Richards, the Director of Aviation. 

“We have a team that works 24-hours a day, and 7-day a week. We will keep our shifts flowing through that 24-hour period,” said Richards.

(Get a behind-the-scenes look how airport’s keep runways clear in heavy snow) 

While Richards is confident in the ability of the ground crew to keep the airport’s runway clear, he acknowledges Mother Nature can be difficult, and those traveling should plan ahead.

“At this time, all the airlines, I believe are offering deals, as far as rebooking,” said Richards.

If you have a flight Saturday night to Monday morning, check your flight status early and often.

For the latest road conditions, dial 5-1-1 & head to VTrans’ Winter Weather Center page.

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