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Snow causes delays and cancellations at airports


The snow has caused travel problems on more than just roads. It's also caused delays in the sky. Several flights out of our area were delayed or canceled today—causing a headache at the airport.

Travelers at Central Wisconsin Airport had to deal with a winter storm throwing a wrench in their plans.

"We're pretty calm right now, so when we walked in and saw the line, we thought there were more frantic people than us, because we had a backup plan," Jodi Whitcomb from Florida told Newsline 9.

Whitcomb was trying to get away from the snow and back to sunny Florida. But heavy snow in Minneapolis made that difficult.

"We've seen some delays today from Minneapolis and Chicago. They're getting a lot of snow today and Chicago is getting rain. So we've had cancellations and delays from both of those airports," CWA Director of Operations and Maintenance Jim Olson said.

Snow plows had to clean the runways constantly at CWA, getting ready for incoming planes.

"We constantly monitor the runways. We look at radar, we're always out there doing tests and checks out there on the runways," Olson said.

The story of travel delays was the same on the roads.

"It's going to take us twice as long to get home," Don VandenHeuvel of Kimberly said.

VandenHeuvel was traveling from Chippewa Falls to the Appleton area.

"It was difficult to see, which is mostly what the problem was. We had to go about 40 miles per hour," VandenHeuvel said.

State Patrol officials say several crashes were reported as roads became covered in snow.

"I'm urging drivers to please slow down and adjust to the road conditions. Follow at a safe distance and if you don't have to travel, stay home," Sgt. Carrie Johnson with the Wisconsin State Patrol said.

That was the warning for everyone—whether in a car or on a plane.

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