Severe Weather Affecting Holiday Travel

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Winter weather is on its way, and travelers are feeling the effects.

The West Virginia Turnpike was crowded Thursday night with holiday travelers hoping to get ahead of Friday's expected snow.

Jan Rost says her family, on their way to visit relatives in Florida, had the misfortune of getting stuck in a snowstorm before.

"We were stuck in the mountains and had a really hard time even finding a place to stay overnight,” Rost said. “We wanted to beat that this year."

Several people at Yeager Airport weren't as successful at beating the weather.

After a cancelled flight to Chicago, Joan Plant is looking at missing Christmas with her son and grandsons.

"This would be the first for a long, long time,” she said, “about 20 years."

Pam Robinson's heart was sinking with each delay. Her niece is trying to make it back to West Virginia from Los Angeles.

"This would be the first Christmas in ten years if she doesn't make it in,” Robinson said. “I just couldn't think of Christmas without her."

The Division of Highways says they are watching the conditions, and their trucks will be ready to go when it starts snowing.

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