Snow storm causes flight delays for holiday travelers

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by Chelsea Rabideau

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 27 at 1:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Snow from the latest storm is affecting travel on the roads and in the skies. It canceled and delayed flights and dangerous driving conditions have made it difficult for many people to return home after spending Christmas away.

After the snow storm blew across the U.S., landing in a snow-free Louisville was a relief for travelers.

While picking up her baggage at the Louisville airport after a day of delays, Shannon Stewart-Smith said, “We were watching it all day, looking at the weather, we were hoping it wasn’t too bad, so it was great to be back and see there was no snow when we hit the ground.”

It had been a fight against the conditions for Stewart-Smith since early in the morning. “Starting in Salt Lake City,” she explained, “We fought the snowstorm trying to get to the airport. They did a pretty good job getting us out of there and understanding how the weather is. It wasn’t too bad.”

The swirling flakes stalled travel plans for people heading home from Christmas celebrations, with one delayed flight snowballing into another. “We were an hour late getting out of Minneapolis,” said traveler Mark Hyatt, “Due to the connecting flight being an hour late out of Flint, Michigan.”

Some passengers were stuck waiting in airports for hours, hoping not to miss their connecting flights.

On the ground in Kentucky, unlike Indiana, the roads stayed pretty clear. Crews will be on standby through the night, ready to treat any slick spots, especially on bridges and overpasses. But, for many travelers, the hard part is over.

“We are very glad to be home in Louisville,” Stewart-Smith said. “Actually, we have to drive now to Lexington, but it’s great to be back here.”




 

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