Crippling Snowstorm Stops Travelers Passing Through OklahomaAired January 27, 2000 - 1:30 p.m. ET
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NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Our top story is the second big winter storm of the week. The lingering effects of the first storm continue to plague the East. The Raleigh, North Carolina, airport was supposed to reopen today, but you've got to think about those (OFF- MIKE). Snowy roads prevented many flight crews from making it to work.
Now a new storm rolling across the mid-south is closing schools and offices and making travel difficult. Jenny McNeill of CNN station KOTV joins us from McAlester, Oklahoma -- Jenny.
JENNY MCNEILL, KOTV REPORTER: Hi, Natalie.
We're here in eastern Oklahoma, where many small towns are learning to play hostess. Thousands of people trying to make it through the state have become stranded in the winter storm.
(voice-over): If you didn't know better, you might think the towns off Oklahoma's main highways offer big tourist attractions. But the lines of trucks and crowded motel parking lots here are due to the snow.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm a truck driver, and, you know, there's no way I'd be out in this snow.
MCNEILL: These Texans are trying to get home to San Antonio, but they're not going to get there any time soon.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm probably going to make one trip to Wal- Mart and get cards or something so we won't kill each other.
MCNEILL: They're not the only out-of-towners paying the state a longer-than-planned visit.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're coming home from Indiana.
MCNEILL (on camera): What happened?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We got stopped in the weather.
MCNEILL (voice-over): Native Oklahomans are struggling, too, but trying to make the best of the winter storm. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I've learned that they don't know how to handle it as much, as well. You've got to watch out for everybody down here in the snow.
MCNEILL: And there are some transplants from up north. They say the folks here just don't know it yet, but this is the best weather there is.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, this is great. I love this.
MCNEILL: Now, this area is expected to get record snowfall, and with seven inches already on the ground and three to four expected to fall before tonight, they could just reach that record.
In McAlester, Oklahoma, I'm Jenny McNeill, CNN News. Back to you, Natalie.
ALLEN: Thanks, Jenny. Take care out there.
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