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Winter Weather Creates Travelling Issues
The storm came close to stopping all flights at the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.
Not one plane has left the runway headed for Chicago. Air traffic is not the only thing being sidelined by the weather.
Illinois Department of Transportation officials said the roads could get worse as the storm continues.
No long lines at the Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport. In fact, baggage checkers have told people bad news all morning.
Tracy Keener flew into Springfield for a business trip on Sunday. She didn't think two days later she would spend a day in an empty airport waiting for a flight.
"I told him please get me on a flight to Dallas," Keener said "Not that I hate Springfield, it's a nice place, but I want to get home."
The flight to Dallas is not guaranteed since central Illinois is dealing with the snow storm. Although the weather is not as bad as Chicago's facing, IDOT crews are out preparing the roads as a precaution.
"We have day crews right now in district six and we plan to send them back home and bring them back around 7:00 when we anticipate the challenging conditions in this area," IDOT spokesperson Paris Ervin said.
While IDOT continues to treat the roads, commuters downtown are not getting a break from weather during their lunch hour.
"I do not like snow," Glenda Mason said. "I'm sure when I get back to the metro east area it won't be as bad as it is here in Springfield."
Keener's business trip may be longer than expected, but she's glad the winter weather won't follow her home to Alabama.
"We just see snow every now and then, and we don't have these delays because of that, most of the time," Keener said.
She was able to catch a flight to Dallas and hopes she can get a connection to Alabama. IDOT officials want to warn drivers not to crowd plowing trucks and to also avoid driving while the storm is at its worst.