Patience is key as weather cancels, delays flights in Nebraska and beyond

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Over 3,000 flights have been delayed or canceled for Thursday and Friday as a massive winter storm barrels across the U.S.

“Sometimes delays can cause the domino effect,” Executive Travel CEO Steve Glenn said. “If you’re delayed out of here, you might miss a connection, and then all the flights are full, and those are the dominoes that everybody hates.”

Most flights out of Lincoln were delayed or canceled. Out of 12 arrivals and departures, only four made it to their destination.

In Omaha, travelers dealt with 39 affected flights, making passengers nervous.

“If you live in northwest Iowa or in Omaha, you don’t know what you’re gonna get, so if you get a chance to get out of there, get going,” traveler Darrell Dutler said.

Most cancellations seem to follow the path of the winter storm, which as of Thursday night, is making travel to Chicago or Denver extremely difficult.

“It’s usually more of a delay where they have to do icing,” Glenn said. “Icing may add another 30 minutes before they can get off.”

If you’re planning to fly over the holidays, experts say it’s a good idea to take direct flights, have a ride to the airport and get to the airport the night before an early flight.

Most importantly, be patient and be ready to go with the flow.

For the most up-to-date flight information, check the airline’s mobile app or website.

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