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March 1, 2014

Storm to rub salt in wound

Crews set to pepper roads as season’s snowfall could hit 50 inches

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Plane delays possible

Unless this storm is so heavy that visibility would be seriously impaired, flights out of Harrisburg International Airport will not be canceled, said Scott Miller, airport spokesman.

“We have plows that can clear the runway in minutes, if the snowfall is moderate and steady,” Miller said. “If it’s heavy, that’s another story.”

Unlike larger hubs such as Philadelphia, Atlanta or Charlotte, N.C., Harrisburg is a starting point or destination, Miller said.

“This is not a transfer airport for the most part,” he said. “We don’t have the traffic other airports do. US Airways has a pretty sophisticated texting system where they will alert customers if a flight is delayed or canceled and they’re very good at notifying people.”

Through Sunday, US Airways, United, Delta, Frontier and other carriers that use Harrisburg are planning scenarios based on the storm’s path.

“If a flight is scheduled to fly into Harrisburg Monday and the weather is bad, that plane will divert to the closest safe airport,” Miller said.

It’s very rare a customer is left without options at the airport, Miller said.

“If the delay or cancelation is a result of a natural event, the customer is responsible for finding a place to stay,” Miller said. “If the problem is mechanical, the airline is responsible for the customer.”

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