Winter Storm Affects Travel Plans of Huntsville Residents

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- A mid-Atlantic storm is causing chaos and cancelling flights for the second day in a row. The storm has caused thousands of flight cancellations, including right here in the Tennessee Valley.

Washington, D.C. was one of the areas that was hardest hit by the flight cancellations. WHNT News 19 producer Josh Voight is one of the 65,000 people that fly from Huntsville to D.C. several times a year. Josh received a call from U.S. Airways late Tuesday night alerting him that his flight to see his girlfriend in D.C. had been cancelled.

"It was really frustrating," said Josh. "You know, you take off a day of work because you think you're flight will be on time but then you realize that you are going to be sitting at home doing nothing and just waiting on the next flight to jump on."

Josh's girlfriend Lauren Radziminski lives in Washington D.C. and said she was surprised that the flights were cancelled but the weather was a wintery mix in her area.

"Snow started falling around 7 o'clock this morning and it was just coming down in huge flakes," said Radziminski. "It had tons of wind that's been coming through the trees and shaking some of the buildings around here."

The storm is not only affect the travel plans of those flying, but also shook up a group of students from Pope John Paul II Catholic High School. They rode up to the nation's capitol on a bus and heard last night that the weather was supposed to get ugly.

Leta Hix is one of the leaders on the school trip and said that the weather has definitely thrown off their itinerary a bit. "Today we were supposed to go to Mount Vernon," said Hix. "We weren't able to because they closed it this morning."

Hix says the area isn't seeing too much snow but the wind is really rough and she understands how other parts of the northeast are seeing strong winter storms. "There are strong winds, there is no doubt about that," she said. "It's been a miserable day and there's no doubt about that but we just haven't see the accumulation of snow they were predicting for this area."

The group of high school students is expected to return to the Tennessee Valley on Friday and they don't anticipate running into travel issues on the way home.