Thousands of flights were cancelled or delayed nationwide. And all of this ice definitely crippled planes at the Burlington International Airport, even left them in the dark.
Nightmare before Christmas, it's one of the busiest travel days of the year, yet these people haven't moved. "My dog Zeus and I stayed the night last night," Becky McMillan said. Like many, she was stranded overnight at the Burlington International Airport. "A little bit sad and depressing because it's the holiday," she said.
Ice coated runways, and wings left planes grounded. "Flights are either delayed or cancelled, mostly cancelled," Monica Gowda said.
A tree toppled, leaving passengers in the dark for about a half hour.
"Big shoutout to Green Mountain Power for being as good as they are," Gene Richards said.
Getting the ice to melt is no small task, our team was invited to see what it takes to get these planes to take off. And the trouble is, crews can't use corrosive salt and brine on the runways, so they have to resort to sweeping, plowing and spreading a synthetic sodium.
"You can't take on Mother Nature, you have to work with her, and that's what we've done," Richards said.
With thousands just trying to be with family. "I might not even get home until Christmas," Gowda said. Patience is key, because safety is the airport's top priority. "You just kinda gotta wait it out and see what happens," she added.
And with the extra manpower, some of the ice is finally starting to melt and planes are headed back toward the skies.
Our own Sports Director Mike Curkov is one of the ones trying to get back home to Chicago. He was on hold with the airline for more than three hours, so it just shows you how many people are grounded.