Flight delays and cancellations from Midwest snowstorm impact Bay Area travelers

Posted at 4:16 PM, Nov 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-26 17:40:13-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Many travelers from all over the country who are trying to make their way home after the Thanksgiving holiday are being stopped or delayed by the biggest snowstorm to hit the Midwest this season.

Tampa International Airport says the blizzard caused seven flights to be canceled and 74 delays out of Tampa on Monday, all going to Chicago O'Hare.

Nicholas Chase who was flying back from visiting family in Chicago says he’s lucky his flight was only a little delayed.  

"Low and behold we switched our flight to Monday and it was the first winter storm blizzard of the year. We woke up and it was like white, windy, and crazy," said Chase.

A blizzard dumping more than a foot of snow across the entire Midwest canceled and delayed thousands of flights on Monday as travelers tried to get home after the holiday. Chicago O'Hara passengers were hit the hardest.

Carol Young flew into Tampa from Chicago-Midway, but only because her other flight was canceled. 

"I was supposed to fly out at the same time to Orlando and that one was canceled even though this one was not," said Young.

Young had to rent a car to drive to Orlando to pick up her car.

"You don’t get to this age unless you go with the flow," said Young.

Many people we spoke with said when you fly to or through the Midwest during the holidays, the possibility of bad weather is something you have to prepare yourself to deal with.