NE blizzard causes havoc at PBIA

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - They're the two words no traveler wants to see at the airport: delayed or canceled. But Sunday, the boards at Palm Beach International Airport showed both of them next to New York, Boston and Newark. The Philadelphia Airport even reporting it was closed.

"My flight has been delayed out of here for five hours," said one traveler. "So, I will most likely miss my connection in Newark."

Long waits for those traveling to the Northeast, but most flyers said at least this day was better than Saturday. "They canceled my first one and rescheduled me for 3 O'clock, and then that didn't work out, so I just rescheduled for today [Sunday]."

This couple from Long Island had it even worse -- finally driving from Fort Lauderdale to PIBA hoping to change their luck. "After being canceled out of two flights there, we figured we'd try up this way and the same thing happened."

Most travelers agree, when it comes to Mother Nature, sometimes you just have to make the most out of a bad situation. "All of these people are mad and yelling at the airline employees, and there's nothing they can do about it, so I'm just going to read a book, relax and wait for my plane to get here."

Winter officially began Monday, and, already, a storm has dumped more than two feet of snow from the Carolinas to New England.

The National Weather Service says Philadelphia got it's second largest snowfall ever. The storm made for hazardous road conditions and has caused at least four deaths.

In western Virginia, hundreds of drivers were forced to abandon their cars when they got stranded on an icy highway.

Eight hundred flights at New York City's three major airports remained canceled Sunday. At the Washington airports, crews say, they're still moving huge amounts of snow.

Flights in and out of Boston are hit and miss. Airlines are scrambling to re-book passengers during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.

The storm couldn't have come at a worse time for retailers. In Pennsylvania, many stores closed early Saturday and spent much of Sunday digging out.

And, of course, football to snow is like a hand to a glove. Crews in Baltimore, Philadelphia and East Rutherford, New Jersey have been out since early Sunday morning clearing the fields and every seat.

The White House grounds crew also working hard digging the First Family out of the weekend snow storm. More than sixteen inches of snow have fallen in the area so far this month making it the snowiest December in Washington DC's history.