Snow storm travel woes

Posted at: 02/14/2014 12:43 AM
By: Dan Levy

COLONIE - For those people who only need to worry about traveling to and from work or school during a snow storm, it seems inconvenient enough. For others who are traveling to other parts of the country or world, a Noreaster can cause a major headache.

When all roads leading to Albany International Airport are stressful, in a snow-covered kind of way, people usually have a premonition that things might not go so well once they reach the terminal.

Tabatha Alvis, of Amsterdam, was hoping she'd be sipping drinks at a South Beach nightclub by Thursday evening, but instead her flight out of Albany was canceled, which created trouble getting to paradise.

"You would think there'd be pilots around Albany," Alvis whimsically stated.

After a three day business trip through upstate New York, Mike Phillips was kind of hoping he'd be able to beat the storm and make it back to his home in Tallahasse, Florida. He was told maybe on Friday.

"I'm very skeptical at this point," Phillips said Thursday night. "This'll be the third flight they tried to get me out on, so we'll see."

Alice Marcus hopes to make it to Lagos, Nigeria -- in Africa -- sometime soon. The east coast snow storm is delaying her long overdue family reunion.

"I'm looking forward to going to see my parents," she says, "I miss them. I've been here for a long time."

Kumara Guru, who now lives in Los Angeles, but grew up in southern India, also misses his family. Up until this week, the 36-year old has never seen snow.

"Normally people from India have zero experience of snow," he says. "Today, I drove in the snow storm and it was really not fun for me."

Guru says it's a miracle he arrived at the airport in one piece.