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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The results for the 2016 Iowa Caucuses just rolled-in and many of the national media in town covering the event would like to roll-out of town but there is one problem -- snow.

Snow is expected to hit the metro Tuesday morning, just in time for the morning commute. At the Des Moines International Airport cancellations are starting to come in.

“If flights get cancelled people will be here for a while,” says Kevin Foley, Executive Director and general manager of Des Moines International Airport. “We are very worried about weather. It’s going to be all hands on deck.”

Foley has kept on eye on the forecast for the past week and he breathes a sigh of relief every time the snow total drops.

“If it’s a mix we will be able to handle it. If it’s ice, that is harder to handle than snow,” said Foley. “Ice builds up on the planes and runway then it’s difficult to get off.”

The airport has taken extra steps to be prepared for Tuesday. Extra staff and crew were brought in for nearly every department at the airport.

“We know Caucus day is coming every four years,” says Foley. “We have been planning for today for at least six months.”

Foley says that there is not an empty seat on the major airlines for Tuesday morning. Flights with Delta are over-sold by 90 seats for Tuesday. It’s not extremely uncommon to be almost full but usually seats open up.

Delta and American have also upgraded to bigger planes to accommodate for the traffic.

Officials with the airport suggest departing passengers arrive at least 90 minutes before their flight.

You can check for flight delays or cancellations here.