Storm Strands Some Travelers

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

The Thursday snow caused many people to get creative with their travel plans.

The airport authority kept the runways clear at Eppley Airfield -- it's just that a lot of planes were not using them.

Thursday around 5:30 p.m., a Frontier plane appears to be the last one out. The lucky ones are headed to Orlando.

Inside the airport, the electronic boards said it best -- CANCELLED written most everywhere.

More than 60 flights that were supposed leave or arrive never did.

It didn't help that Kansas City International Airport closed.

We caught up to three people who left North Carolina for Kansas City around 8 a.m. for the National Book Store Convention.

They landed in Omaha around 6 p.m.

Daryl Norton: "Instead we were routed to Chicago."
Reporter: "Did it look promising in Chicago?"
Norton: "No -- they said we'd be there until Saturday and the only way to make it would be to fly to Omaha and rent a car."

So they did.

Meanwhile -- crews kept the landings clear -- as a few more planes came in tonight.

The Hilton Omaha saw a slight uptick of stranded travelers.

"We had a lot of our groups that were able to take early flights out so we didn't see the impact we would have traditionally seen," said Hilton Omaha's Robert Watson.

The early warning of a heavy storm allowed many to plan ahead.

"I think my wife said we had nine or ten" inches of snow, said Travis Gerlach who is staying in Omaha and will drive to Kansas City in the morning.

"I'm stuck up here as well," said Michael Welch of Hamburg, Iowa.

Their company put them up in the hotel for the night.

They'll head home in the morning with the thought that crews will be clearing the way while the rest of us sleep.

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