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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Snowpocalype doesn't trouble northern bound or northern living Gators

While the sun shines down upon the Swamp, New England is being battered by high winds and heavy snow.

But life and travel continue to remain relatively normal in the northeast in spite of winter storm Juno. 

At the Gainesville Regional Airport, the four airlines that fly in and out have yet to cancel any flights, said Laura Aguiar, manager of public relations and governmental affairs.

Planes that fly from Gainesville Regional Airport only go as far north as Charlotte, North Carolina, which has not been struck by Juno. Cancellations are only an issue with connecting flights.

“We’re a business travel market, and a lot of business travelers head toward Boston and New York,” Aguiar said.

Aguiar said this has not impacted the airport because airlines have already told passengers to change flights.

Angela Barnes, an 18-year-old UF freshman, said her family told her the storm is not as bad as the one she experienced in Pittsburgh in 2008.

“I’ve been getting a bunch of pictures from family, friends. About a foot and a half of snow this morning,” the accounting major said. 

One of the people booking a flight for Friday is Tyler Lares, a 21-year-old recent UF graduate who is moving to New York City. Lares wrote in an email that he and a friend originally planned to drive to New York, but winter storm Juno provided dangerous driving conditions.

“No road trip for us, unfortunately,” Lares said.

[A version of this story ran on page 1 on 1/28/2015 under the headline “Blizzard no problem for GNV"]

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