Wednesday’s snowstorm continues to impact air travel

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A busy night at MSP. 

“Just looking forward to the holidays with the family,” exclaims Carol Lowell, of Minneapolis. “I came in from Atlanta where it was nice and warm.”

But for passengers like Lowell, there’s been a holiday hurry up and wait.

“Lots of flights are coming in right now. There are a lot of flights delayed,” she says. “So you can see everybody inside, picking up their luggage and everything.”

At least 100 flights are now canceled and 75 are delayed.

Barry Hoke, from Eau Claire, was among those camping out in their cars at the cell phone lot, waiting for his daughter Tracy’s flight to arrive — along with the family dog, Mabel.

“She supposed to land at 2:30 and she just landed here now and it’s 4:50,” Hoke says.

Their plan includes driving back to Eau Claire — a good 90 miles away through tonight’s weather.

“The wind is picking up, but at least I’ll be going in the same direction as the wind, so that will help,” Hoke says. “Cross winds get kind of bad sometimes.”

Those flight delays also meant a long line of cars, their engines running, waiting outside the terminal.

“We’ve been waiting about an hour and a half now,” says Mary Mason, from Lakeville.

It’s busy here, MSP has traffic officers working.

“It’s like a traffic jam. Kind of exciting though. My daughter is coming in from England, so I hope to see her out here soon,” Mason says.

It’s not just happening here. says more than 9000 flights are in the air just days before Christmas.

Sarah McGarr left an ice storm behind in Seattle to visit her sister here in Minnesota.

“It was super busy and icy at Seattle, but we were here, we made it, and now I get to experience -10°,” she says.

The bitter cold and expected high winds are a concern for Mike Hanson — both here and where his son’s flight began in Texas.

“It’s a little scary, the wind, coming out of Dallas, there’s strong winds down there, they actually had flurries down there,” he says.

Like many passengers, and the people waiting for them, there’s worry about the weather to come.

“It’s going to be tough getting out. It depends with the light snow too.” Hanson says. “I’m just worried about the runways, that’s why I was worried about the pilots coming in and the pilots taking off.”