Wednesday’s winter storm forces last minute changes to travel plans

Snow gathering along the Massachusetts Turnpike in Montgomery.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts isn’t the only state dealing with the aftermath of the winter storm Wednesday night.

Snow, sleet and freezing rain cancelled flights in the Northeast and caused delays for people trying to get home for Thanksgiving. Millions of people made plans to travel on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, to go spend the holiday with their families but some last minute changes had to be made, thanks to an all-day winter storm that brought snow, sleet and freezing rain.

Yesmel Bodden lives in Hartford, CT. She flew in Wednesday afternoon from Atlanta, GA. She told 22News, “We actually had a later flight that was supposed to come in at midnight, and then we had to change it because I didn’t think we were going to make it  if we stayed on that flight. So we were able to catch an earlier one so that was good.”

However, not everyone could find empty seats. Dozens of flights got cancelled throughout the day Wednesday, leaving the stranded travelers without too many options.

22News talked to a UMass Amherst student who hoped to get home to Virginia before Thanksgiving. Now, she has to wait until Thanksgiving morning.

Ashley Goodfellow told 22News “My flight was supposed to leave at 5. Then at about 3, they sent out an email saying it was cancelled, so I had to go in line. I waited for two hours, and now I have been redirected. I think I’ll land at 10:30. 10:30 in the morning. So that’s good.”

In Springfield, the Peter Pan Bus Lines canceled several buses, scheduled for late afternoon and evening departures but they added a bus before the worst of the storm.

Holyoke Community College student Chantal Guerin told 22News she was on her way to Providence, RI. She said “It’s definitely important. I get to see my family and stuff like that. It’s the one time of the year we all get together. And the cooking of course, that’s for sure.”

Sleet and freezing rain will stop between midnight and 2 a.m. We’ll continue to experience some problems with our roads. Thanksgiving morning, we may be waking up to slippery roads.

So if you’re headed to a football game, watch out for icy spots and give yourself plenty of time so you can get to the game safely before the kick-off.

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