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Winter weather causes problems along East Coast

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Story by Nick Austin
Eyewitness News Meteorologist

HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)-- We aren't even halfway through the winter season and already the Tennessee Valley and North Georgia have been hammered with three snow storms.

As we've reported this week, areas throughout the Northeast have seen record amounts of snow and at least six deaths have been blamed on the winter storms.

Kathy Schniering lives in Harrison, but is originally from Philadelphia. She was visiting her family there last month as the Christmas Day snow storm in the Tennessee Valley slammed into the Northeast.

After two hours of sitting on her delayed flight back the day after Christmas, things went from bad to worse as the plane tried to take off.

"We slipped and slid all over the runway getting up into the air and everybody in the aircraft is going 'c'mon, just go up, just go up'," says Schniering.

The lift-off was eventually successful, but Schniering wouldn't fly directly to Nashville as expected, where her ride would be waiting.

She was forced to connect to other airports and run into more delayed flights.

"By the time I got into Nashville, I'd missed my ride. I had to call my husband to come all the way to Nashville at two o'clock in the morning to pick me up," says Schniering.

This made for a long day, considering she left for the airport in Philadelphia at 11:00 the previous morning.

Not only has Chattanooga been extra snowy this season, but 25 to 35 inches of the white stuff in Northeastern cities just this month have clearly impacted travelers in the South, and winter isn't even half over.

Besides exercising patience, Schniering suggests some other carry-ons in case you get stranded when taking to the skies to the Northeast.

"Pack a lunch. Make sure you have an extra layer of clothes to use for a pillow," says Schniering.

Schniering says she plans to return to Philadelphia in March for the birth of her grandson, despite the risk possible of winter weather.

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