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Westchester County Airport operations manager John Starace shows (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Westchester County Airport operations manager John Starace shows machines used in snow removal during preparations for the big snowstorm that is predicted to arrive Friday. (Feb. 7, 2013)

Westchester County Airport preps for winter storm Nemo

The Westchester County Airport plans to be able to keep its runways clear and remain open throughout the big snowstorm that is predicted to arrive in the Hudson Valley on Friday and continue into Saturday, dumping up to 16 inches. Airport employees were making final preparations to heavy equipment used to clear snow and ice from the runway, and contractors were ready to clear all other ancillary roads and sidewalks. "It's like a ballet, when we go full force out there when it's really blowing." airport operations manager John Starace said, referring to the coordinating of heavy machinery on the runway. (Feb. 7, 2013)

Westchester County Airport operations manager John Starace shows
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Westchester County Airport operations manager John Starace shows machines used in snow removal during preparations for the big snowstorm that is predicted to arrive Friday. (Feb. 7, 2013)

Westchester County Airport maintenance mechanics Kyle Smith, left,
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Westchester County Airport maintenance mechanics Kyle Smith, left, of Brookfield, Conn., and Robert Pressuiti of Poughkeepsie work to replace a brush head used to sweep runways in preparation for the big snowstorm that is predicted to arrive Friday. (Feb. 7, 2013)

A Westchester County Airport emergency response vehicle is
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A Westchester County Airport emergency response vehicle is ready for action at the airport Thursday. (Feb. 7, 2013)

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Westchester County Airport operations manager John Starace shows
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Westchester County Airport operations manager John Starace shows the front end of a heavy-machinery snowblower used in snow removal. (Feb. 7, 2013)

Kenneth Walker of White Plains, a mechanic with
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Kenneth Walker of White Plains, a mechanic with Westchester County Airport ground support equipment contractor Seasafe Co., puts chains on a luggage-carrying vehicle in preparation for the big snowstorm that is predicted to arrive Friday. (Feb. 7, 2013)

Westchester County Airport operations manager John Starace talks
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Westchester County Airport operations manager John Starace talks about the machines used in snow removal during preparations for the big snowstorm that is predicted to arrive Friday. (Feb. 7, 2013)

Westchester County Airport maintenance mechanic Tony Singh of
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Westchester County Airport maintenance mechanic Tony Singh of Peekskill works on a brush head used to sweep runways in preparation for the big snowstorm that is predicted to arrive Friday. (Feb. 7, 2013)

Westchester County Airport maintenance lead supervisor Alan Fleischman
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Westchester County Airport maintenance lead supervisor Alan Fleischman of Ossining stands with heavy equipment used to clear snow from runways during preparations for the big snowstorm that is predicted to arrive Friday. (Feb. 7, 2013)

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A jet takes off from Westchester County Airport
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A jet takes off from Westchester County Airport as seen over a heavy-machine snowplow during preparations for the big snowstorm that is predicted to arrive Friday. (Feb. 7, 2013)

Nozzles on a runway de-icing truck, which spray
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Nozzles on a runway de-icing truck, which spray potassium acetate at high pressure, are seen in the Westchester County Airport operations building during preparations for the big snowstorm that is predicted to arrive Friday. (Feb. 7, 2013)

Westchester County Airport operations coordinator Cassandra Slater of
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Westchester County Airport operations coordinator Cassandra Slater of Yorktown works in the airport operations bridge, where ground cleanup efforts are overseen. (Feb. 7, 2013)

Westchester County Airport maintenance mechanics, from left, Robert
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Westchester County Airport maintenance mechanics, from left, Robert Pressuiti of Poughkeepsie; Dominick Santore of Beekman; Kyle Smith of Brookfield, Conn.; and Tony Singh of Peekskill help get the airport ready for the big snowstorm that is predicted to arrive Friday. (Feb. 7, 2013)

Westchester County Airport maintenance mechanics adjust the brush
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Westchester County Airport maintenance mechanics adjust the brush head on a heavy machine used to sweep runways in preparation for the big snowstorm that is predicted to arrive Friday. (Feb. 7, 2013)

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Westchester County Airport ramp supervisor John Rooney manages
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Westchester County Airport ramp supervisor John Rooney manages traffic the day before a snowstorm is predicted to arrive. (Feb. 7, 2013)

Westchester County Airport maintenance mechanic Tony Singh of
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Westchester County Airport maintenance mechanic Tony Singh of Peekskill works on a brush head used to sweep runways in preparation for the big snowstorm that is predicted to arrive Friday. (Feb. 7, 2013)

Westchester County Airport operations manager John Starace examines
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Westchester County Airport operations manager John Starace examines machines used in snow removal during preparations for Friday's snowstorm. (Feb. 7, 2013)

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