Thousands Stranded at Dallas Forth Worth Airport

400 flight cancelations cause terminals to be packed with passengers.
3:00 | 12/07/13

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To the scene playing out at dallas airport. The weather so bad, passengers slept on a parked plane overnight. Tonight many still sitting in the terminals, hundreds of cancellations, as we're on the air. Mike boettcher is right there. Reporter: At the dallas ft. Worth airport more than 3,000 passengers stranded overnight. Terminals packed with passengers sleeping on cots or anywhere they could. The airport trying to make the best out of 400 flight cancellations. Bringing in entertainment. One woman drawing pictures of passengers trying to bring smiles to the unlucky strangers. We are doing caricatures, entertaining while they are waiting for their flight. Reporter: Outside terminals, firemen knocking ice off the roof so it doesn't fall on passengers. On the runways an incoming flight stuck in the ice caught after making a turn on the taxi way. A qantas flight scheduled to leave last night never took off. Some passengers spending the night on the plane. That flight scheduled to take off tonight, some 24 hours later. There are long lines like this one in every terminal at this airport. Even though flights are beginning to leave again, it's going to take a couple days to relieve this backlog. David. What a mess in dallas, thanks to mike boettcher, let's bring in our meteorologist jeff smith who tracked it all in the weather center. You were telling me a major storm on the east coast. Going to make for a dangerous sunday. Let's go right to the maps. We have snow that will be breaking out in the washington d.C. Area late tomorrow morning, this goes to an icy mix especially west of d.C., Western virginia. This could be a major ice storm up to a half inch. Monday at 11:00 any snow has turned to rain, but the northern and western suburbs could have a slippery commute. Very cold temperatures tonight. Just ke the past couple weeks, we're talking 10 to 35 degrees below normal. Check oumt these lows overnight. North dakota getting down to 25 below, subfreezing air all the way down to the piedmont, to the carolinas, 42 in los angeles. The west coast as you pointed out not in the clear. Another storm moving in will create snow in the four corners region especially west of denver, up to a foot at aspen. Snow in flagstaff, arizona and the cold air mass in southern california. Meteorologist jeff smith with us tonight. Jeff, thank you.

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