TAMPA -- The travel impact of the paralyzing weekend blizzard on the east coast is still being felt at airports across the country.
Things are slowly starting to improve at Tampa International Airport, where fewer cancellations and delays remain. Early Monday, only four delays and cancellations were showing on the boards at TIA.
Arrivals to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport were all listed as on time Monday morning, but a flight departing to Washington, D.C.at 6:59 a.m. was cancelled.
Thousands of passengers missed flights out of Tampa during the weekend storm, which crippled parts of the northeast from Boston to Washington, D.C.
"You don't wanna make it though," laughed V.J. Belekdanian, on traveling back to New Jersey. "Well, there'll be a lot of fun in New Jersey waiting for you. Not really. No, not at all. I'm not looking forward to anything going back."
According to officials at TIA, many hotels in the Bay area are still offering discounted rates for stranded passengers.
Meanwhile up north, flying remained particularly messy after nearly 12,000 weekend flights were canceled.
Airports resumed limited service in New York City, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, which said it got an entire winter's snow in two days. Washington-area airports remained closed Sunday after the punishing blizzard.
Major airlines also canceled hundreds of flights for Monday. Along with clearing snow and ice from facilities and equipment, the operators of airlines, train and transit systems had to figure out how to get snowbound employees to work.
The storm dropped snow from the Gulf Coast to New England, with near-record snowfalls tallied from Washington, D.C. to New York City. At least 30 deaths were blamed on the weather, with shoveling snow and breathing carbon monoxide together claiming almost as many lives as car crashes.
The snow began Friday, and the last flakes fell just before midnight Saturday. In its aftermath, crews raced all day Sunday to clear streets and sidewalks devoid of their usual bustle.