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Dallas Fort Worth Airport Passengers Stuck in Transit

Hundreds of flights grounded following ice storm, thousands spend second night in airport.
3:00 | 12/08/13

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As you point out, this ice storm began in the south and they are still feeling the effects, outdoors and indoors, if you are one of the hundreds stuck in the nerm gnat at the dollar airport tonight. Abc's mike boettcher is there with the videos taken by some very frustrated travel earls. Reporter: Ice-mageddon, dallas. People still trapped inside the paralyzed dfw airport. The frustration palpable. Nicole bell, facing two days of cancellations on her way to atlanta for a wedding. We just keep getting delayed. A lot of people are super upset. I'm this close to starting to begin to be frustrated here. Reporter: Just a few voices of the thousands who have waited here three days for a flight. More than 3,000 sleeping on cots friday night. 2,000 last night. Almost half of all flights canceled. Nari and his family have been waiting for a flight to london since friday afternoon. Friday, the line was all the way back there, probably at least 200 yards. Reporter: Airport officials provide what they can. Free food and entertainment. Doing their best to diffuse tensions. Doing everything from 2-year-olds to a 65-year-old. Reporter: But 72 hours after the crippling ice storm began, things are finally looking up. This afternoon, nere and his family are finally confirmed to london. Bit by bit, passenger by passenger, dfw airport is slowly getting back to normal. The scene behind me says it all. The lines are getting shorter, and more flights are taking off. David? Our thanks to mike tonight. What a nightmare there. And the massive system behind all of this on the move tonight. We want to bring in meteorologist cecily tynan from philadelphia, wpvi. Always great to have you with us. We showed a moment ago that pileup on the pennsylvania turnpike. Extremely dangerous tonight across the northeast. Reporter: Certainly is, david. Unfortunately, the situation will be getting worse tonight before it gets better. You look around me, you see this blanket of snow. What will happen, with this low pressure moving up the eastern seaboard, it will gararadually pull in warmer air. We will get a change over to rain by tomorrow morning. But first, we have to deal with sleet and freezing rain on top of the snow and that will cause a lot of problems. So, this is what to expect additional snow, sleet and freezing rain. We're looking at about two inches in allentown. That could cause a lot of problems on the roads. Areas south of philadelphia got 6 to 10 inches of snow. So, this certainly has been an overachieving snowstorm. David? As you told me earlier, such much of the country going to be very cold the next 24 hours. Reporter: That's exactly right. Once the storm system moves out, the focus will be an arctic blast moving in from the northern plains states. Fargo, north dakota, these are highs now hovering around zero. In milwaukee, temperatures in THE LOW 20s. Pittsburgh, by the middle of the week, temperatures struggling to MAKE IT INTO THE UPPER 20s. Hard to believe winter still has 13 days to officially arrive. David?

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