East Coast weather affecting local travelers
Jay Greenwald is a truck driver from Elkhorn. He left Milwaukee earlier this week en route to Charlotte, North Carolina. Once he hit West Virginia, all he could see was heavy, powdery snow coating the roads.
When he reached southwest Virginia, he had enough of navigating through slippery conditions. He stayed the night at a rest stop. Greenwald was joined by dozens of extra truckers.
"Anywhere a truck could fit, a semi was parked there," said Greenwald. "It's a mess, it's a disaster."
Greenwald thought they shut down the highways because there were so many parked semi-trucks along the roads and in the rest stops. It ended up the highways were open.
"They are moving along on the highway, there are trucks rolling down it. It looks like they are going speeds of 35 to 40 miles per hour. it is pretty snow-covered though. Traffic is sparce."
There were other local effects of the east-coast storm. People trying to fly from one city to the other ran into problems. At Mitchell International, there were dozens of flights canceled or delayed.
A group of Milwaukee teenagers heading to the international B'nai Brith Youth Organization convention in Dallas were worried about their friends making it to the event.
"I am fearful that my friends will not be at the convention, said passenger Hilary Miller. I have friends in North Carolina, Atlanta and Florida that just can't get out."