Snow-Walloped East Coast Returns to Work

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Airports across the country are scrambling to get people home for the Christmas holiday after a weekend of record snow on the east aoast.

The snow has meant more than just shoveling and sledding. Thousands of would-be air travelers found themselves grounded as almost 5,000 flights canceled

Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration reported all major airports on the east coast had average flight delays of less than 15 minutes.

Still--there may be some who don't make it home in time for Christmas.

"We called this morning and it was going to be about a two hour delay they said, but they wanted us to be here on time for our flight and so here we are, waiting and we'll see what happens," traveler George Webster said.

Across the eastern seaboard, schools and offices closed Monday helping to clear the roads. Over the weekend, the snow made for treacherous driving, causing close to 3,000 accidents in Virginia alone.

"The only thing I can say is if you don't have to be out here don't," stranded driver Mark Hall said. "And if you are, make sure you got a full tank of gas."

For many, however, home is not a safe place to be. Hundred of thousands waited Monday for their power to return.

"It's warmer in my car than it is in my house right now," one resident, Robert Hobson, said.

In the nation's capitol, the federal government pretty much closed down. The snow there is almost as high as parking meters and sticking out about four feet into the road.

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