Cold temperatures and several inches of snow have caused delays and cancelations at the Nashville International Airport.
As of noon, the National Weather Service reported snowfall of 4.4 inches at the airport. It’s the most snow on this day since 1966.
The airport has technically remained open, with a few flights that have managed to land and take off. A quick look at the listing of arrivals and departures revealed most flights had been canceled or delayed.
Crews were working diligently to clear the runways, but officials said it was a challenging process. The snow fell too quickly to stay caught up, and wind in the Donelson area made conditions difficult for pilots.
There have not been a lot of travelers at the airport, likely because of all the canceled flights but also because many drivers were unable to get to there in the snow.
A few travelers were stranded at the airport.
NewsChannel 5 reporter Chris Conte spoke with Nashvillian Charles Hewgley, who was trying to get to Miami with his wife for a cruise that’s scheduled to launch on Saturday. Their flight was canceled.
“We’ve been trying since we woke up this morning – since the snow wasn’t expected until this afternoon – and our flight was canceled. United has been very helpful trying to book us from Birmingham to Miami if we can get a rental car to Birmingham and get there in the next three-and-a-half hours,” said strand “Or there’s a flight to Miami tomorrow morning which doesn’t have enough seats on it right now.”
Airport officials said all the airlines were letting passengers transfer to other flights without charge because of the weather.