Winter storm in Chicago impacts travelers in Wichita, across U.S.

Published: Nov. 26, 2018 at 4:55 PM CST
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By Monday afternoon, most people traveling across Kansas were back home safely following Sunday's winter storm that dropped varying amounts of snow and caused havoc on highways, especially Interstate 70 and the Kansas Turnpike.

However, with winter's fury causing problems in other parts of the country, not everyone that celebrated Thanksgiving in Kansas was able to return home. Because of the storm, flight cancellations and delays continued through Monday.

Monday afternoon, Eyewitness News caught up with people impacted by canceled flights to Chicago which saw up to one foot of snow. In all, hundreds of flights to Chicago were canceled or delayed due to the weather.

The storm hit O'Hare Airport, one of the busiest in the country. As Chicago is a major hub, the effects of delays and cancellations are felt across the U.S.

Kelli Stoneburner is one passenger stuck in Wichita due to the storm's impact on Chicago. She flew to Wichita over the weekend to see family for Thanksgiving and was supposed to leave Monday morning to go back home to Washington, D.C. But with her flight to Chicago canceled, she can't leave until Tuesday.

"I had a feeling there would be a slight chance, especially after seeing (Sunday) night how bad the snow was, that it was going to be moving up to Chicago, a delay maybe, but definitely not a cancellation," Stoneburner said.

She said it's frustrating because the delay getting home means having to use another vacation day from work.

"It's frustrating but, yeah, there's not a much I can do," Stoneburner said. "It's the weather and nobody can control that and I'm not in too bad of a situation, I can just call and say no I'm not making it in and I know it will be alright at work."