INDIANAPOLIS - As they looked into the face of a strong winter storm headed toward Indiana, hundreds of travelers stood in long lines Sunday morning at Indianapolis International Airport. Flight after flight changed from green to red as they were canceled throughout the morning.
StormTeam 6 has been forecasting a snow storm to hit Indiana since last week. Central Indiana is expected to receive anywhere between 8 and 12 inches of snow by late Sunday night.
Several flights were already delayed or canceled Sunday morning before snow had even fallen. The airlines update flight information every 60 seconds online. Find flight status and information for Indianapolis here.
Indianapolis International Airport spokesman said just before 9 a.m. that roughly 1/3 of all flights at the airport had been canceled -- more than 40 flights. He said there were some delays due to de-icing procedures airlines had to go through.
Then, at 11 a.m. officials told RTV6 roughly 120 flights had been canceled, including all Chicago flights.
The cancelations are not limited to flights leaving from or heading to just one part of the U.S. Flights to Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix and San Jose are getting canceled as well.
In the attached photo taken by RTV6’s Katie Heinz, you can see dozens of travelers hoping to get their needs met Sunday morning. Some travelers RTV6 spoke with said they were trying to check in; others said they were attempting to change their flights.
Bertini said around 9 a.m. that the lines weren't as bad as they had been, but that "every time schedules get snarled, you'll tend to see more crowding."
Bertini's advice for those traveling is to give yourself time and try to change your flight online.
"You may be able to re-book without having to come to the airport," Bertini said. "If you have a little bit of flexibility, it will reduce some stress."
The interruption in travel began earlier this week after the first winter storm of 2014 blanketed Indiana and other parts of the country with several inches of snow.
In all, the first round of winter weather Thursday canceled more than 7,000 flights across the country.