Storm delays, cancels flights across NY, New England
By WFSB Staff
WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) -
A massive storm is disrupting travel plans for thousands of commuters trying to get back home after Christmas.
Airport delays started early Wednesday morning from Dallas to Chicago, and by late afternoon, more than 1,200 flights across the nation had been canceled, according to officials.
As the day progressed, the hardest hit airports are in Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Chicago, Dallas and New York.
At Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, it just depends where you're going. Eyewitness News has seen cancellations to St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Louisville and New Jersey.
There have been more than a dozen flights delayed out of Bradley and more two dozen flights delayed into Bradley as well.
Snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain are expected in Connecticut by mid-afternoon, and the evening commute is expected to be a bit tricky as people head home while some sort of winter precipitation falls from the sky.
Bradley officials requested that anyone scheduled to fly on Wednesday should call their airline directly before heading to the airport in case the flight is delayed or canceled.
Jennifer Friedman told Eyewitness News that her flight back home to Tampa Bay had been delayed 50 minutes.
"I want to go home where it's warm," she said. "So, I'm sure I will be with lots of people waiting as almost all the flights are delayed all over the place."
A family of four said they were headed to Atlanta and they were feeling pretty lucky.
"It's a little stressful with the two little ones, so getting here on time, getting the flights on time has put us at ease," said Elizabeth Batthelio. "It will be a good travel day."
But for others, they aren't so sure.
"We didn't even bother to call ahead of time, we just showed up," said Sue Donnelly. "They said it was a little late so it's from weather in the U.S. that's bad."
Both families made it to their destination Wednesday.
As for the rest of those who didn't, the airlines will rebook you on the next available flight.
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