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Winter weather causes travel delays and cancellations


All over the country, flights and travel plans are being canceled or re-routed as a result of the winter weather pounding the north. Its effects are also being felt here in Central Virginia as many looking to head to the northeast found out they had to re-work their itineraries Friday.

Waiting at the Greyhound Bus Station wasn't part of Ryan Lane's plans.

"I'm aggravated right now because I really want to go back home," he said.

Lane spent the week in Richmond and thought he was heading back to New Jersey Friday, but that's not happening.

"They're shutting everything down so it's going to take four days to get a bus to go back to New Jersey," Lane said.

Adrian Davis left New York Friday morning only to find a delay he couldn't control.

"I was supposed to leave on a 10:30 bus but there were no seats because a lot of people were trying to leave New York before the blizzard came so I had to leave at 1:30," he said.

Bus travelers aren't the only ones having to pack some patience.

And then there's nothing worse than heading to the airport to find the flight you thought you were getting on is now grounded.

"I just picked up three that said they were trying to fly to the Newark Airport and they can't get out until tomorrow morning because of the blizzard," says Kenny Johnson who drives a hotel shuttle.

At the Richmond Airport more than two dozen flights were canceled as of Friday evening.

"We see commuters that come down for the week and catch the last flight home to New York and Boston at the end of the week. They had to change their travel plans out," said Troy Bell with the airport.

But those with early flights seemed to luck out before the storm threat intensified.

"We were able to see a lot of our early departures go. In fact, I'm only aware of one cancellation before 11:30 today," he said.

Now there's a waiting game mixed with high hopes the storm passes over.

"That, I'm worried about. I'm trying to get back to my family. Hopefully I'll be able to get there on time," Davis said.

Friday, Amtrak canceled service between Boston and New York. Anyone traveling up north this weekend, no matter how you're traveling, is encouraged to check the status before you head out the door.

The Richmond airport has identified five flights canceled for Saturday, but that number could fluctuate as the storm progresses.

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