Air Force Airman Fights Snow to Get Home for "Holidays"

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- While many people dreaded leaving their homes Thursday, Beth Cinco couldn't wait.

"The first thing I did this morning was wake up and see if it was snowing," said Cinco.

Needless to say, that worried her.

Halfway across the country in Arizona, there was a similar feeling.

"I turn on the radio in the car this morning and they're talking about cancellations," said Cinco's son Christopher Stone.

Airman Christopher Stone just got into the states a week ago after serving our country in Kuwait since September.

He was supposed to come home Wednesday, but that flight was cancelled due to the weather.

That left the anticipation to get home through the roof.

Here in the Kanawha Valley, the snow kept coming.

"It's been a few years since I've seen a pretty good snow like this," said Greg Boggess with Mr. Asphalt snow removal.

That left dangerous conditions unfit for flights.

"A lot of people stuck in ditches and over hillsides," said Boggess.

Thankfully, while Stone's day started with a delay, the 30-minute postponement was the only setback, with the plane landing at Yeager airport just after 5 p.m. Thursday night.

"My heart was beating out of my chest," said Cinco, "I was so excited."

As it turns out, that snow ended up being the icing on the cake. With stockings and the Chistmas tree still up, it made for the perfect setting to this late, but special holiday season.

"It literally feels like Christmas," said Stone.


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