EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWeather Leads To Flight Changes At Yeager
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Reported: Jan. 2, 2014 5:06 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 2, 2014 11:29 PM EST
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katy Brown) - With flight delays and cancellations, many people looking to get home after the holidays found themselves stuck at Yeager Airport as winter weather moves through the mountain state.
"When there is weather, planes get delayed. So they could be coming from a place that's experiencing weather and there's a delay so it just throws things," said Yeager Airport director Rick Atkinson, "It's a domino effect throughout the day on the schedule."
With one to two inches of snow and bitter cold temperatures in the forecast, crews at Yeager prepared the runways with ice as their main concern.
But even before the weather hit Charleston, travel plans for many were already changing.
Darren Neal was in town for the holidays but was heading back to Texas to finish combat training, his flight to Houston was delayed.
For one couple, they're visiting the US from Sweden spending two weeks touring and visiting family.
The final stop of their two week trip was Pennsylvania, but the flight was canceled.
"We're leaving Sunday to go back to Europe," said Marie Sorokin, "So we're basically going to miss our two days with my sister and my nephew."
Luckily airlines were able to work around the weather problems to find Marie and Dominic a different flight, but not before many moments of frustration.
"It's always frustrating when you have a short vacation," said Sorokin, "Every day that you miss that's valuable time with your family."
Crews at Yeager worked to keep the runways clear, but if you have a flight out of Charleston it wouldn't hurt to check for any delays or cancellations before heading out the door.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katy Brown) - It’s been a busy time at Yeager Airport in Charleston, with people traveling back home after the holidays.
It was definitely not the ideal time to have to deal with weather issues.
Crews were are prepared Thursday to get the runways cleared of any snow or ice that could become a problem.
But the snow wasn't the main issue. With the rain in Charleston, and a dramatic temperature drop expected, ice could be the major issue that could ground and delay some flights.
As early as 3 p.m., people were already dealing with changes in flight plans.
The airlines are working with people to find ways around the delays, if at all possible.
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