Airports Prepare for Blizzard

February 8, 2013 Updated Feb 8, 2013 at 12:38 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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February 8, 2013 Updated Feb 8, 2013 at 12:38 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY
(WKBW)

Forecasters predicting one of the worst snow storms in a century. A blizzard warning in effect for New York City and the southern part of the state beginning at
6am Friday until Saturday afternoon. Fourteen inches of snow are possible.

Vincent Benenati was flying from Buffalo to New York City Thursday and he is monitoring the developments closely.

"Heard there's a blizzard I just looked at my phone I got a text message, about 2200 flights are cancelled for tomorrow so far," said Benenati.

Airlines like Southwest, U.S. Airways and American Airlines are waiving fees and penalties so travelers can change or cancel their flights.

Boston may get blasted with up to 24 inches of snow when it's all said and done.

"Stay off the streets of our city. Basically stay home," said Boston Mayor Tom Menino.

Already, some flights out of Chicago to Buffalo were cancelled Thursday and flights from Philadelphia were delayed.

Blizzards create white out conditions with wind gusts of 45 miles an hour and city officials across the north east are taking the warning seriously.

"We have more than 250,000 tons of salt on hand. our sanitation workers will work split 12 hour shifts starting at 7 p.m," said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.