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Nasty weather across country stranding Vegas passengers

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Passengers dealt with numerous delayed and canceled flights at McCarran Airport on Friday. (FOX5) Passengers dealt with numerous delayed and canceled flights at McCarran Airport on Friday. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Plunging temperatures and snow in the forecast is the talk of the town, but it's the weather in other parts of the country that is causing problems at McCarran Airport.

Winter weather in Texas, New York and Pennsylvania is leading to cancellations and delays all over the country.

Jasper Esqueda and his parents are hoping their luck in Las Vegas is better than it was back home in Texas, where icy roads caused them to miss their flight on Thursday.

"We had to drive an hour and a half to get to the airport. It took us three hours to get there," Esqueda said.

A few delayed and canceled flights later, the Esquedas made it to Las Vegas, much later than anticipated.

They weren't alone. On Friday, the ticket counters at McCarran Airport were full of frustrated passengers, attempting to reschedule canceled and delayed flights.

"My husband has checked three airlines to see if we can get a flight, so we're waiting to see," passenger Dacia Manor said. "I don't think we're going anywhere."

Manor and her husband are now planning on staying in Las Vegas until Saturday. The same thing happened to Alain Prince when his flight to Dallas was canceled because of icy runways.

"When they canceled, we had to get hotel at our own expense," Prince said.

Prince and his mother are trying to make their way home to Lebanon, which typically takes about 24 hours. They're now 24 hours behind.

"It's annoying to just be waiting. We already had fun. We're tired and we just want to go home," Prince said.

Airlines canceled 680 flights scheduled to depart from Dallas Friday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. That represents about 80 percent of departing flights out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on a typical day. 

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