Snow causes delays, cancellations at BWI-Marshall

HANOVER, Md. - Laura Buell was one of the lucky ones Tuesday.

Her flight landed at BWI-Marshall airport at 12:45 p.m. It came just as the latest winter storm to strike Maryland this winter began to strengthen, which led to many travel delays.

" It was a little scary," said Buell, who added she could see ice on the windshield of her plane after she landed. "I don't know how they possibly could have seen. When they came in though, it was smooth landing.

" Once we hit and the wheels wobbled a little and we finally settled, everyone started clapping. Obviously, we were all happy because we could look outside and see that the weather was really dicey."

While BWI officials could not offer specific figures, there were nearly 3,000 flights canceled Tuesday, with airports from Washington to Boston affected. An additional 885 flights for Wednesday were called off as well.

Among those dealing with travel woes Tuesday was Ryan Mercado. He was in a group of about 20 people stranded at the airport all day waiting for a flight to the Philippines.

"We've been here since 9 a.m. but our flight got cancelled," Mercado said. "What are we going to do? We have to stay."

BWI officials are urging passengers to check ahead Tuesday and into Wednesday at least as to whether your flight has been canceled or delayed. Passengers can visit for up-to-date flight information.


The Associated Press and Ron Snyder contributed to this story.

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