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Northeast snowstorm causes delays at TIA

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Delays were the norm Saturday for both departing and arriving flights at Tampa International Airport due to the blizzard. Delays were the norm Saturday for both departing and arriving flights at Tampa International Airport due to the blizzard.
TAMPA (FOX 13) -

One look at the arrival and departure boards at Tampa International Airport had many seeing red.

The impact of Friday's snowstorm in the northeastern part of the county reached the Bay area early Saturday. The inclement weather left many travelers looking for answers.

"[I'm] pretty frustrated," said Michael Masztal looking up at the news. "I wish I knew what I was going to do."

Masztal was supposed to be flying home to Massachusetts by way of Hartford, Connecticut. 

Mother Nature however, had other plans. 

Several feet of snow was dumped on most of the region. Central Connecticut received 34 inches in a 12-hour span. More than 500 flights across the country were cancelled, dozens at TIA.

"I wish they [had] let me know earlier before I came to the airport and returned [my] rental car," Masztal explained. "It would've been a lot easier if I knew."

Some folks who had just returned from a cruise were also scrambling for new plans after leaving tropical paradise. The snowstorm left them stranded at TIA.

"This [trip] was a great getaway," said Ray Barry. "But there's always a chance you're not going to get home."

Antoinette Bailey was also looking to get home following a nice vacation.

"My prayers that we get home safe and sound God willing," she said. "[I'm just] trying to stay positive."

Keeping a good attitude was about all they could do while attempting to book another flight home.

"It is what it is," Bailey added. "It's Mother Nature."

Masztal was able to find a bright spot during is dilemma, given the fact the Sunshine State has never been covered in snow.

"I get to hang out at the beach [for another day]," he said.

Now he's going to have to convince friends and family that beach weather is the norm for February in Florida.

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