Holiday travel moves smoothly at McGhee Tyson despite snow

Holiday travel moves smoothly at McGhee Tyson despite snow

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A winter storm was due to arrive just in time for holiday travelers to head to the airport, but passengers at McGhee Tyson got by with only a few long lines and one cancellation. A winter storm was due to arrive just in time for holiday travelers to head to the airport, but passengers at McGhee Tyson got by with only a few long lines and one cancellation.
"It's always a problem when you decide to go on a day like this," said Carlos Flores. "It's always a problem when you decide to go on a day like this," said Carlos Flores.
The snow operations team at McGhee Tyson was also preparing for the worst as the snow moved in. The snow operations team at McGhee Tyson was also preparing for the worst as the snow moved in.
Ultimately, some minor de-icing was all that was needed. Ultimately, some minor de-icing was all that was needed.
Melissa Ogden with Knox County Schools is normally concerned about canceling classes when the snow falls, but she had different worries Wednesday after seeing the forecast. Melissa Ogden with Knox County Schools is normally concerned about canceling classes when the snow falls, but she had different worries Wednesday after seeing the forecast.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - A winter storm was due to arrive just in time for holiday travelers to head to the airport, but passengers at McGhee Tyson got by with only a few long lines and one cancellation. 

"Yes, I was nervous," said Carlos Flores. "We have to fly. We have to go to Atlanta first and then Guatemala. So, I am still nervous." 

Flores is traveling with 13 other people on a mission trip where they will spend the entire Thanksgiving weekend. He says the trip just happened to fall on one of the busiest travel days of the year. 

"It's always a problem when you decide to go on a day like this," said Flores. 

Melissa Ogden with Knox County Schools is normally concerned about canceling classes when the snow falls, but she had different worries Wednesday after seeing the forecast. 

"We were a little concerned about the weather," said Ogden. "We're traveling to Colorado, and in fact we were so worried that we ended up booking a hotel room at the Airport Hilton so that all we would have to do is walk to the airport in the morning." 

The snow operations team at McGhee Tyson was also preparing for the worst as the snow moved in. 

"They stay overnight just to monitor the runways and the ground temperature just to make sure that everything is okay," said Caitlin Newman with McGhee Tyson. 

Ultimately, some minor de-icing was all that was needed.

Travelers are not out of the woods yet. Airport officials say Wednesday is only the second busiest day of the holiday weekend. Sunday is expected to be the busiest. 

If you're flying or picking up passengers officials encourage you to check the flight status before leaving. You can do so using their flight tracker.

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