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Snow pretty, but troublesome

Latest dose blamed in mishap at Albany Airport

December 29, 2012
Updated 10:42 p.m.
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A couple walks through a snow shower Saturday on the Union College campus in Schenectady.
A couple walks through a snow shower Saturday on the Union College campus in Schenectady.

— Saturday’s snow on the heels of the storm earlier in the week caused numerous minor car accidents and apparently even a minor passenger aircraft accident.

A jet scheduled for Chicago on Saturday evening from the Albany International Airport got stuck in the snow as it was leaving its gate.

Airport spokesman Doug Myers said 66 passengers and the small crew of the United Airlines regional jet were not hurt when the jet veered into a snowbank. It was snowing at the time and the jetliner was moving across packed snow, which had not yet been cleared.

The cause of the accident was still under investigation late Saturday. In order to determine the extent of the damage the jet had to be pulled out of the snow bank, a challenge initially.

“We’re looking to figure out how to get it out of there,” Myers said.

An accumulation of 3 to 7 inches was expected across the Capital Region by this morning, with most of the snowfall tapering off late Saturday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Ian Lee. The brunt of the snow happened on Saturday afternoon.

The storm was part of a “wave train,” which consists of a low pressure storm following another low pressure storm. It is possible that a third low pressure storm could be coming for the Capital Region, but Lee said that is not anticipated in the next couple days.

On Saturday the snow reduced visibility and made roads slippery, according to an advisory from the National Weather Service. It was slow going on the state Thruway in the Capital Region, where maintenance vehicles and snowplows were heading in all directions to keep things safe.

The advisory recommended caution on the roads, but all through Saturday in the Capital Region cars were off the road or stuck in spots on the road. Late Saturday, the state Department of Transportation identified the most severely impacted roads as being in the Montgomery County area.

It is expected to be clear today, but winds might pick up and make travel for the New Years holiday difficult.

 
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