Escape From (Northern) New York

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Sit and wait. 

Whether you came to Watertown for business or pleasure, leaving has been another matter.

"We came up on Monday, Monday night, had a meeting Tuesday morning, and should have been home Tuesday afternoon about 4 o'clock," said Joe Hinterliter, who came to Watertown on business from Pennsylvania.

Workers at Watertown hotels pulled extra hours, pulling in some extra business.

"People in and out, people stranded, that don't want to be here," said Shannon Fravel, Hilton Garden Inn front desk manager-on-duty.

With Route 81 closed for a second day, rows of parked big rigs began to take up the parking lots of big box stores. 

One truck was parked outside Walmart since Monday as its driver fought off boredom.

"Try to read a book, go see Walmart, just walk around," said Martin Lacroix, a trucker from Montreal.

At the Watertown Airport, plows worked to keep the runways clear. 

But all commercial flights remain on hold until Thursday afternoon.

"It's a number of factors and American Eagle looks at all the variables of the situation and decides whether to go or not go," said Grant Sussey, airport manager. 

As the bad weather lifts, travelers will have some options.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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