UPDATE: First winter storm: Air travel

 SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- These next few days leading up to Christmas are expected to be some of the busiest travel days of the year.

But many planes between South Bend and Chicago were grounded tonight because of the severe weather.

 The marketing director for the South Bend Regional Airport, Julie Curtis explained, "The weather isn’t something we can do anything about so all we can do is ask people for their patience."

 In preparation for this storm, the airport pulled out several snow plows and pounds of salt.

"We are doing whatever it takes to get the the runways in shape so planes can arrive and take off." said Curtis.

Some travelers that arrived on flights this afternoon said they were pleasantly surprised because they did not experience very much turbulence. 

Most travelers said they hate waiting, but they would rather be safe than sorry. 

According to airport officials, as the weather worsens, delays can be expected tonight, into tomorrow morning.   

They suggest calling the airline to check on the status of your flight.

Stay with ABC 57 for updates.

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