Snowstorm Halts Travelers at RDU
Posted December 29, 2000 6:00 a.m. EST
RDU INTERNATIONAL — As if traveling on a holiday weekend is ever easy, things were made tougher by the big snowstorm in the Northeast.
Many airports were crippled by the record snowfall. Delays and cancellations are lighting up departure boards at airports up and down the East Coast, including RDU International.
A flight to New York City from London was diverted to Raleigh as the blizzard buried Big Apple airports. After leaving Germany, Dagmar Schneider and Tobias Lange are facing the prospect of spending New Year's Eve in Raleigh.
"We wanted to have a nice holiday on New Year's Eve and see New York," Schenider says. "They only told us about the weather conditions in New York, and we have to stay, perhaps the night, in Raleigh," Lange says.
Airlines feverishly worked to get stranded travelers on northbound flights, but there was only so much they could do with up to 2 feet of snow on the ground in the Northeast.
Trains fared a little better than planes.Amtrak'sCarolinian pulled into Raleigh only a half-hour late. The train left the Northeast just as the blizzard began.