Two Central New York girls basketball teams will not compete in a Florida holiday tournament after their flight was cancelled because of a winter storm that has ravaged most of Western New York since Friday.
Liverpool and Baldwinsville were scheduled to play in the KSA Holiday Tournament, which began Tuesday in Kissimmee, Florida. The tournament features girls and boys teams from around the country.
The Warriors were able to make some quick adjustments and gain entry into the Amsterdam Showcase. They will face Brooklyn Law and Tech at noon on Wednesday. The Bees, as of Tuesday afternoon, were unable to find another holiday tournament to replace the one they would miss.
“Its very disappointing for the seniors as we fundraise all spring and summer for this trip and we tried everything to get them there including leaving out of different airports,” Baldwinsville head coach Kathy Morse said. “There are no flights anywhere.”
Both teams had their flights out of Syracuse cancelled because of the blizzard that has claimed the lives of 28 people in Buffalo so far. They were scheduled to fly out of Syracuse at 5 a.m. Monday, but were notified Christmas night that the flight was canceled, Morse said.
The Syracuse Hancock International Airport remained open through the storm, but several individual airlines chose to delay or cancel their flights out of the airport.
The Buffalo Niagara International Airport — which closed Friday due to “hazardous weather conditions” and will remain closed through 11 a.m. Wednesday — has had more snow fall in the last three days than anywhere else in the state, according to the National Weather Service.
Meteorologists and weather observers recorded more than 49 inches of snow in 72 hours at the Buffalo airport.
Another 2 to 3 inches is expected in the Buffalo area Tuesday, according to the weather service. Temperatures, however, are expected to warm above freezing by Wednesday.