JFK, LaGuardia, MacArthur airports closed

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Airports remained closed Monday as the winter storm continued its assault on the region with punishing winds and heavy snowdrifts.

Air traffic is scheduled to resume at JFK, LaGuardia, and Long Island MacArthur airports at 4 p.m. Monday, although airport officials caution that passengers should check with their airlines before heading out to catch their flights.

Still, the aviation halt has left hundreds upon hundreds of passengers stranded at JFK and LaGuardia. Many people have been stuck at JFK since Sunday, after AirTrain and shuttle-bus service to and from the terminals was canceled due to the weather.

Early Monday morning, at least 200 people were trying to sleep at the JetBlue terminal at JFK. Many more were waiting on grounded airplanes.

Only one passenger - a man trying to head to Florida - was stuck at Long Island MacArthur overnight, said airport commissioner Teresa Rizzuto.

"I was having a nice cup of coffee with him this morning," Rizzuto said. "He was hopeful. At the moment he's just now still hanging around."

Rizzuto credited the airport's Facebook page, Twitter feed, and the airlines themselves for keeping passengers updated and away from the airport during the storm.

"That was very good for us," she said. "We didn't have any of those problems."

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