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Ready for Whatever the Winter Storm Brings

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City of Rochester crews say they are more than prepared for Friday's storm.

"Plenty of trucks, plenty of professional operators, plenty of salt."

Overnight crews are standing by to begin clearing the roads at the first sight of snow.

"The best you can do to help us is if you don't need to be in the street with your cars, get them off the street, park legally, that helps us get through the streets and get them opened up for everybody," said Karen St. Aubin, Operations Manager.

But YNN meteorologist Eric Adame says this storm will likely fall short of the hype, at least in this area.

"This isn't going to be a storm that we remember even five years from now. This is a pretty typical event for February but it is going to make for some tough travel conditions," said Adame.

Many travelers at The Greater Rochester International Airport Thursday night experienced just that.

"So the earliest flight they could get me on was Saturday evening. With delays and plane cancelations, I'm hoping I can get out," said one traveler.

Those living in the New York City area still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, are concerned.

"The areas of Long Beach, areas in that general vicinity that really haven't recovered yet, Staten Island as well, those are the people that are worried, some of them aren't able to be back in their homes even yet, waiting on FEMA checks, and it's very slowly coming in," said James Lucca, Long Island.

Dozens of Friday's arriving and departing flights have already been canceled. A spokesperson for the airport says they are prepared to start removing the overnight snow. For the best updates, check with your airline.

"Conditions as we go through Friday will definitely be slick and you will want to allow for some extra time, allow some safe distance for you and the car in front of you, but it's not going to be the type of storm that keeps you from getting around," said Adame.

RG&E says they are prepared to handle potential power outages and downed power lines, and safety should be everyone's top priority.

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