Roanoke fliers encounter delays, cancellations for a second day due to weather

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Crews at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Aiport were scraping remnant's of this weekend's snow and ice Sunday afternoon, making way for passengers' rolling bags.

Julie Planchet was stilling outside the terminal, waiting to head home to Boston where the weather is somewhat nicer.

"There is no snow, no ice, no rain, so we're looking forward to going back home although it is very cool, very cold back home," Planchet said.

Planchet was in Southwest Virginia this weekend with her husband and daughter, the latter of whom was at Virginia Tech for a lacrosse tournament.

They waited out their half-hour delay by heading to the nearest TV to watch the New England Patriots playoff game as they took on the San Diego Chargers.

Planchet was sipping water because she found her go-to caffeine provider was closed.

"I was surprised to see Starbucks is closed," Planchet said with a laugh. "[I'm] really looking forward to getting home, getting a nice Starbucks coffee."

Airport officials expected operations to go back to normal Sunday night into Monday morning.

Most of the delays and cancellations were not related to ground conditions at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport but originated at the hubs with a trickle-down effect at ROA.