Winter storm slams south, strands travelers in Austin

Passenger at ABIA

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Winter weather threw Atlanta for a loop on Tuesday as most of the city was brought to a halt after the same winter storm Central Texas experienced moved through their state.

The troubles in Atlanta were felt by travelers in Austin, both people trying to leave the city and others working to get here.

On Wednesday night, the flight board at Austin Bergstrom International Airport was flashing a lot of new arrival times, and also some cancellations.

“I was supposed to leave Atlanta at 8:45 this morning and couldn’t get out of my house,” said Joe Murray, traveling from Atlanta to Austin. “[We] had to de-plane once, had probably 16 delays…all kinds of stuff happened today.”

He wasn’t alone with his travel troubles.

“When we got into Atlanta, we looked at the board, and one flight we had hoped to make was gone,” said Cynthia Crossen, who was traveling from Raleigh, N.C., to Austin.

Some travelers trying to leave Austin weren’t going anywhere either. The back up in Atlanta kept Molly Szkotak in capital city.

“I was here on a pretty short vacation, and meant to fly out Tuesday night back to Richmond,” Szkotak said.

After Tuesday night in a hotel, she tried again Wednesday morning.

“We went to the airport, and all day we were sort of shuffled around to different flights, and then ultimately, just cancelled,” she said.

Szkotak passed the nearly 12 hours at the airport checking out the local shops and documenting her adventures on Twitter.

“Flight was cancelled again, but I got to get Salt Lick breakfast tacos, SO ALL IS OK,” one of her tweets read.

While she enjoyed a little more of what Austin has to offer, she had to spend one more night in a hotel. Szkotak got booked on a Thursday morning flight…with her fingers crossed.

“I guess it’s just the perils of traveling in the winter,” she said.

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