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Travelers still facing delays, cancellations at McCarran

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Passengers dealt with several delays and cancellations Monday at McCarran International Airport. (FOX5) Passengers dealt with several delays and cancellations Monday at McCarran International Airport. (FOX5)

Winter storms continue to wreak havoc on air travelers. Flights across the country are delayed or even canceled, largely due to snow on the East Coast.

Plenty of people remain stranded in Las Vegas. As of Monday evening, people traveling to the East Coast could face delays of up to two hours at McCarran Airport, according to an airport representative.

Some American Airlines flights at McCarran were canceled Monday because of the unusually cold weather.

"My plane got canceled today, so I can't go back to Florida. Right now, I've been trying to figure out what to do," tourist Barbara Patterson said.

Patterson is supposed to be back in the Sunshine State in order to rehearse for a Christmas show. Now she's scrambling to find a hotel in Las Vegas.

On the flip side, Deborah Elkin was relieved Monday to finally touch down in Las Vegas. Her flight from Louisiana was canceled Sunday.

"I'm glad to be here on the ground and I'm glad there's no ice and rain," Elkin said.

A winter storm in Dallas caused cancellations at McCarran Monday as well.

"During the winter months, there's going to be snow and ice and different weather conditions that affect air travel. You just have to pack your patience and know it comes with traveling this time of year," McCarran spokeswoman Christine Crews said.

Crews said that it's always best to check ahead because even if you're not flying to a part of the country experiencing bad weather, your flight could be affected.

"If you're not flying to part of the country that's affected directly by the adverse weather, you still could have your flight impacted if your plane was traveling through a hub that's experiencing those weather conditions," she said.

The soonest Patterson will be able to leave is Tuesday. She'll have to take a different route, which will turn her normally five-hour flight into an eight-hour trip.

"I love coming to Vegas. It's my favorite thing. It's absolutely worth it. It's always worth it," she said.

Crews recommend monitoring your flight status with your carrier, and if you're traveling with young children, it's a good idea to pack extra snacks and other supplies.

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