It wasn't exactly how some travelers envisioned their trip to the Queen City. Many were stranded Friday as the winter storm led to cancellations and delays at airports along the East Coast. YNN's Katie Cummings spoke to stranded travelers and has more.
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – The words delayed and canceled dominated the screens at Buffalo Niagara International Airport on Friday.
Around 4 p.m., New York City airports began stopping all inbound and outbound flights, creating many travel problems at airports elsewhere, including Buffalo.
But the weather here also caused problems. A plane from Ottawa had to detour to Buffalo after a mechanical issue but couldn't take off again.
"The flight then had got canceled so now we're about to take a bus to Detroit where we'll stay overnight and then connect our connecting flights," said stranded traveler Lisa Brown.
Due to the slick roads, the airline decided to put travelers up in hotels for the night. Travelers like Brown say all they can do now is wait.
Brown says, "Everybody’s going to have to go to hotels and they've given us vouchers for future flights. Keep calm, carry on, that's tacky but true. There’s nothing else you can do.”
"I think everybody's done their best. You know, there's a snowstorm and things aren’t going great but they've been very good to us," said stranded traveler Myra Eblen.
For 20 passengers including Faye Qiao, time is of the essence since this weekend marks the Chinese New Year.
"That's the most important day of the year. We are upset obviously. We are a bit frustrated because of this whole thing," said stranded traveler Faye Qiao.
While some passengers didn’t anticipate the extended stay in the Queen City, one North Carolina resident says she admires the snow plowing efforts of the region.
"They’re very prepared. They know what to do. We have a few sand trucks and a couple plows so around here I think they know how to take care of it," said Eblen.