Air and road travel proved to be tough Tuesday

Posted at 6:30 PM, Jan 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-03 08:55:20-05

Drifting, blowing, and falling snow made for tricky travel most of Tuesday afternoon. 

“Drive slowly and carefully and watch what's in front of you and in back of you,” explained Jim Kamimski of West Seneca. Defensive driving was at a premium for many commuters in western New York.
We found reduced speeds and visibility along the 219, the 33 and the 190 across northern Erie County and in downtown Buffalo.  Buffalo Police closed the Skyway in both directions around 11:00 A.M. It reopened just after 5 p-m.

Air travelers faring no better. Hundreds were stranded after many flights were canceled or delayed at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. “It's inconvenient but it's kind of expected here,” said Kristin Leitheuser of Poughkeepsie.  “It's Buffalo. Lots of snow. I'm not too disappointed but I know other people need to get home so I'm a little worried for them.” “I’m ready to go home, but I don't get to see too many blizzards, so I guess it's alright,” added Tyler Hopkins who was trying to get home to Baron Rouge, LA. 

Three flights were diverted because of poor visibility. Those flights were re-routed to Rochester, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.