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Northeast blizzard causes travel troubles across the country

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By Kiran Chawla - email

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Many people trying to return home from the northeast Monday found out the weather was in charge. Millions of people along the East Coast are digging out after one of the biggest December blizzards in recent history.

Many have turned airport terminals into a temporary home of sorts after major airports in New York were shutdown for most of the day. Plows are working to clean off the runways, which means trouble for many of the stranded trying to get back to the northeast from Baton Rouge.

"We were supposed to fly out of Baton Rouge yesterday night to get to Boston, where I have to get to work tomorrow morning," said Eric Goulding.

The Gouldings have now been pushed to a return flight no earlier than Wednesday. Travel agent Marilyn Mills said the blizzard has some of her customers juggling schedules.

"A family who was supposed to leave today to go to New York to spend a week, spend New Year's and they won't be getting there today," she explained. "But, they'll be getting there in a couple of days."

If you're flying out of New Orleans, there are cancellations across the board when it comes to flights in and out of the northeast. And, if you're connecting at a major hub, expect delays.

"I had a flight yesterday to leave like 3:45 from Houston to JFK and it was, of course, cancelled," said Trent Cobb.

Cobb and his wife flew into New Orleans for the holidays and then drove to Houston. Now, they're stranded there.

"I've looked for flights out of Austin, Dallas, New Orleans...nothing. The soonest they could get me is Dec. 31," Cobb added.

Frustrations are spilling over on Facebook. Some of the postings read: The kids are stuck in the northeast, hello snow day and lots of presents in front of the fireplace just waiting to be opened.

"It's definitely been a headache," Goulding stated.

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