Travelers heed warning, airport empty

Several flights were delayed at the Pittsburgh Airport because of the East Coast storm.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WYTV) – The blizzard on the East Coast is causing a major headache for airline travelers, even from here in the Valley.

WKBN 27 First News checked the Pittsburgh International Airport and found that passengers are essentially calling ahead and making sure their flight is on time.

Several flights have been canceled, but no travelers were found waiting it out in the airport, which means they are heeding the weather warnings and checking ahead for flights.

Flights to most East Coast cities, including New York, Philadelphia, Boston and even to Raleigh Durham were cancelled or delayed.

But airways aren’t the only travel routes closed down right now. The Pennsylvania Turnpike is reporting that all roads into New Jersey, the New York Metro Area and Connecticut are closed.

Some alternative routes northbound include Interstate 81 and the north-eastern extension of the Pennsylvania turnpike, I-476.

Also, the turnpike is closed to all traffic east of the Junction mile 333.9 for any vehicles heading east-bound towards New Jersey.

Tens of millions of people along the East Coast hunkered down for a storm that for most failed to live up to predictions that it would be one of the worst they’d ever seen.

Forecasters originally said the storm could bring 1 to 3 feet of snow and punishing hurricane-force winds. But early Tuesday, they downgraded most of those numbers, saying New England would fare the worst, but even then not as bad as expected.

Bruce Sullivan of the National Weather Service said Boston and Providence, Rhode Island, could get 2 feet of snow, New York 10 inches to 20 inches, and Philadelphia and central New Jersey about 6 inches.

On Monday, in preparation for the storm, officials ordered workers to go home early, banned travel and closed bridges and tunnels.

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