Travelers stranded in Rapid City from blizzard

RAPID CITY S.D. (KOTA TV) - After snow drifts, high winds, and ice took over the streets of Rapid City, a lot of people were left snowed in.

With the airport turning people away and canceling flights for part of the day. Travelers had no choice but to sit and wait it out.

"I came in on Tuesday and was supposed to fly out early Thursday morning and I got the call Wednesday, everything's canceled. I'll be traveling home hopefully Friday," says Pamela Nealy visiting from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

For one family visiting from Florida, despite being stuck in Rapid City longer than they planned, they aren't used to seeing snow; so they're looking at the delay as an opportunity to have new experiences until their new flight on Saturday.

"In Florida it's nothing but sand and beaches, which we love but this is so different. It's God's country for sure. We're just having a blast," says Connie Faciane visiting from Pensacola, Florida.

With the first day of spring in less than a week, the weather is a little confusing to non South Dakotans. For Nealy, she wants to get home to spend time with her son.

"Well I have a son flying home from college for Spring Break tomorrow so I'm hoping to get home to see him and spend time with him. Just getting back to normal," says Nealy.

The Rapid City Regional Airport opened at 4 p.m. and a lot of stranded travelers will be able to make that flight back home.