Winter Snowstorm

Monday, December 27, 2010 - 4:28pm

The Weather Channel's Mike Sidel reports on the major winter storm in the Northeast.

It will be anything but smooth sailing for thousands of travelers trying to make it home after the Christmas holiday. An East Coast blizzard has forced the cancelations of more than 6,000 flights.

The blizzard conditions literally buried the Northeast. Wind gusts reached up to 80 miles-per-hour at times, and snow drifts as high as five feet were reported in some areas.

The storm that brought a rare white Christmas to the South has now turned into a winter headache for millions in the Northeast.

For people stranded at airports, stuck in the snow, or digging out it's anything by fun.

Blizzard conditions socked the Northeast with high winds and blowing snow creating near-zero visibility Sunday.

This is Philadelphia, where the city's mayor is shovel-ready and pitching in.

Even plows were no match for the heavy snow and slick roads.

While at airports, thousands of passengers spent the night.

Stranded traveler Adrian Epstein says "this is is nightmare but i've decided to make it an adventure because that's all you can do."

New York's LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports were shut down and are now expected to limp back into service as the travel woes spread across the country.

This was Chicago's O'Hare.

This stranded traveler said "I was supposed to land at LaGuardia at 4:20 yesterday and they canceled the flight then they rebooked on a flight this morning which also got canceled."

And Atlanta's Hartsfield.

This stranded traveler said "I'm rolled back to 3:30p flight because that got cancel also so its nuts in here."

The blizzard conditions knocked out electricity to tens of thousands up and down the East Coast where crews are now working to restore power.

On the coast south of Boston, the problem was flooding from storm surge where several families had to be rescued.

But it wasn't all misery for children, seeking shelter from the storm the smiles tell their story.

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