Transcript for Holiday Nor'easter Delays Flights
As we come on the air tonight, the holiday nor'easter affecting more than 40 million Americans across the country. The storm hitting the east, unraveling travel plans from coast to coast. Long lines of passengers snaking through airports. More than 4,000 flights delayed. 700 canceled so far. Slick highways slowing traffic from the midwest all the wail east. Drivers struggling to stay on slippery roads. Shopping for Thanksgiving dinner, even a struggle. Just ask this woman, draking her shopping cart through the snow in Minnesota. ABC's David Kerley starts us off at the airport. Reporter: Tonight, the perfect storm for Thanksgiving travel earls has become a holiday headache for some. The nor'easter causing thousands of delays. And with darkness comes freezing temperatures. Meaning later, more flights may be forced to de-ice. New York getting the worst of it. Causing a ripple effect of delays throughout the country. The York family of the Atlanta area trying to get to the grandparents as the storm was baring down. They got out early. You were worried? I was. I was watching it all day yesterday. Reporter: Airlines and even the U.S. Military prepared for this day. The military releasing air space on the east and gulf coast and over parts of the southwest and California all to allow commercial jets more routes. And in Washington, the FAA is using what it calls next gen. Satellite gps tracking to give jet liners a direct route to the airport, boosting on-time arrivals. That may have helped the Yorks, who were on time. The three girls couldn't wait to see the grandparents. And they are celebrating tonight in D.C. That board behind me, 80 flights, 25 of them delayed. If your flight is delayed, you still need to be at the airport. If the weather clears, that delayed flight could leave on time.
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