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A nor-easter moved in through New York City and New Jersey on Wednesday, bringing heavy rain and snow to an already devastated region. YNN's Kate McGowan reports it's left some travelers stranded here in Western New York.

WESTERN NEW YORK — In the wake of powerful superstorm Sandy, areas along the East Coast were hit by fierce weather again.

On Wednesday, a nor-easter brought heavy rain and inches of snow to an already battered region. And though the storm will not hit locally, travelers here are feeling the impact.

"They called last night about 8 o'clock and said 'no no no, that's not going to work," said Buffalo resident, Pat Burke. "So we scurried around and spent the next two hours changing flights and getting everything going. So instead we're going straight into Phoenix and drive for four hours."

Dozens of flights in and out of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport have either been delayed or canceled.

Across the board, airlines have canceled at least 1,300 U.S. flights in and out of the New York metropolitan area.

But that number is much less than the 20,000 flights canceled because of Sandy.

One international traveler said, "We were waiting here and at 7:30 p.m, we knew that the flight was canceled. They gave us another fight for today at 6 a.m. and we came here at 4:30 a.m. and it was canceled as well. It could be better, or it could be worse."

Though it's caused quite a headache for travelers, many said they're more concerned about relief efforts going to those in need.

"Snow happens. We know about it here and it happens down there. Those unfortunate people down there, we absolutely feel for them," said Barry Burke.

Andrea Bunker from North Tonawanda said, "I feel horrible and sad for them and hope that they get through this."

Airlines are encouraging passengers to check their flights and reschedule if need be. And people will be allowed to do so for free.

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