The Straits Times
Published on Dec 27, 2012

Winter storms hit eastern US, snarl post-holiday travel


WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (REUTERS) - The severe winter weather that hit parts of the central and southern United States (US) on Christmas Day moved eastward on Wednesday, causing flight delays and dangerous road conditions for holiday travellers in the North-east and Ohio Valley.

Some flights headed for New York, Philadelphia and Newark, New Jersey, experienced delays averaging one to four hours due to the inclement weather, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

About 1,300 US flights had been cancelled on Wednesday, according to Several airlines waived ticket change fees for affected customers. All four runways at Philadelphia International Airport were open on Wednesday, but that didn't prevent cancellation of physical therapist Mindy Bartscherer's flight to Minneapolis.

She and her son Zachary Bartscherer, 24, a lobbyist from Washington DC, had planned to visit family but instead waited forlornly in the baggage claim area for a ride back home. They expected to return to the airport early on Thursday to try again.