PTI Travelers Race Against Clock to Beat Northeast Snow

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Piedmont Triad International (PTI) Airport was bustling early Tuesday mornings, as many travelers with destinations to the Northeast attempted to fly out ahead of the blizzard-like weather expected there by Tuesday night.

WFMY News 2 meteorologist Eric Chilton forecasts most of the Triad will get a dusting to half an inch of accumulation (which by the afternoon will turn to rain), primarily in the northern counties. Counties along the Virginia border could get as much an inch. According to Gannett partner USA Today, the forecast for New England states is more ominous. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for most of southeastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod.

Massachusetts is where Triad traveler Mark Smith was scheduled to depart from PTI Tuesday morning. He said he was grateful to have booked an early flight and even left extra early for the airport, in case the Triad weather system arrived sooner than anticipated.

Of his pending flight to Massachusetts, Smith said, "Hopefully, we can get in there and get done what we need to get done before the snow hits them."

Smith said the recurring winter weather has been profitable for his employer, Camco Manufacturing, Inc., which makes windshield wiper fluid. But, he admitted he, personally, is anxious for spring. "I like to be outdoors, so I'm ready to be outdoors and not be cold."

Stay with WFMY News 2 for the latest weather and travel information.


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