April snow showers bring travel delays, rough road conditions

BY Leah Mishkin, Correspondent |

“I got here from Portugal yesterday,” said traveler Tom Laughlin.

A flight out of Newark Airport was a thousand dollars, so Laughlin bought a train ticket to get to Austin, Texas.

“It’s a 50-hour train ride, so hopefully the snow doesn’t run us too late,” said Laughlin. “I wasn’t expecting this when I woke up, this is lovely.”

Yes, it’s April, but the snow keeps on coming. As of 7 a.m., State Police had responded to about 50 motor vehicle crashes or requests for aid. Some districts announced school delayed openings and closures, and people in areas like Morris County woke up to more than seven inches.

“I’m thinking this is Mother Nature’s way of reminding me why I left in the first place,” said traveler Dana Marion.

Marion is a New Jersey native visiting from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she’s a travel agent. The four nor’easters the state experienced last month definitely kept her busy.

“I think this is the most I’ve ever seen, because we’ve had to reroute a lot of passengers this year and a lot of cancellations happened.”

She was at Newark Penn Station with her family. They were on the way to the Museum of Natural History, although the dinosaurs aren’t the only thing her children were excited to see.

“I’ve seen snow once in South Carolina, but that’s about it, so this is just a new thing,” said one of Marion’s children. “I mean it’s cold, but still I like it.”

Even some people from New Jersey had high spirits Monday morning as the snow slowed down.

“I love snow. I think it’s really beautiful,” said Kaitlyn Bonsell of Boonton.

One Dallas flight made it in on time. As of 1 p.m., fewer than 100 flights had been canceled at Newark Airport, but nearly 400 flights had been delayed due to snow and ice.

“We have a two-hour delay right now, so we’re just going to hang out in the airport,” said Daniella Pfefer who lives in Teaneck and was traveling to Fort Lauderdale.

Her family said they were ready to get to their destination.

“There was a lot of snow in our house today, so we had to clean the cars,” said Pfefer. “Hopefully this was the last snow of the year.”

Visitors from across the pond had just landed from Heathrow Airport and were making their way to their connecting flight.

“I’m glad we’re getting out actually because when we come in we were like, ‘oh no,’ and a lot of people on our plane were like, ‘we’re staying in New York,'” said traveler Tracy Daly, whose family is from London.

They weren’t concerned about the weather affecting their trip.

“Everything shuts down and stops in England when there’s snow, but we knew we’d be all right over here,” said Daly.

The good news — it’s unlikely there will be more snow for the next few days. The bad? Meteorologists say a storm Friday night and Saturday has the chance of bringing more April snow showers.

If you’re feeling down, just remember the guy who still has 44 hours on the train.