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Travelers head south to escape the cold

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Travelers head south to escape the cold
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There was a lot of traffic at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport over the weekend.
People on the run from the cold weather were headed to warmer parts of the country.
But as our Crystal Cranmore reports, old man winter tightened his grip on some travelers.

Chemung County, N.Y. -- It's time for a change of scenery.

"Looking for something white, like white sand, not snow," said Joe Danishefsky, a traveler.

Frigid temperatures and snow have residents in the Twin Tiers booking the next flight out to places like Mexico and Florida.

Time Warner Cable News Meteorologists say the temperature dropped below zero for ten days last month, setting a new record for the amount of days below zero in the month of January.

Residents say Jack Frost hasn't been easy.

"Brutal, not like the other years passed but everyone wants to get away," said Danishefsky.

"It’s been cold, we've been working outside in the winter. We've been trying to hustle a buck in the cold. It's tough," said traveler Bryan Westerfer.

It was smooth sailing for some travelers headed out this weekend. But for others, winter had the last laugh.

Passengers say their Allegiant Airlines flight to St. Petersburg was delayed a few times due to issues with the flight crew Friday.

That flight was ultimately canceled and according to airport officials, it was delayed again on Saturday due to the weather.

"We were disappointed, I've got two teenagers that are with me that are anxious to get down there," said Rita Armideo.

Thousands of miles away for a break from the cold.

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