Travel returning to normal as temperatures around country slowly rise

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Tampa, FL -- Across the nation temperatures are slowing starting to rise and with it tempers are starting to drop as weary travelers finally find their way home.

At Tampa International Airport officials reported less than 30 flight delays on Wednesday to go along with only four cancellations. That compares to 179 delays and nearly 50 cancellations on Monday.

The back-up this week sent travelers scrambling to find new flights home.

Magda Dickinson was supposed to fly back to New Jersey on Saturday with her five-year-old daughter, but she was not able to get a flight home until Wednesday evening.

"We kind of made it fun," Dickinson said. "I didn't want to think about it as a frustration, just kind of like well we better just go with it."

Dickinson says she and her daughter stayed in a local hotel during their delay.

The weather up North also kept some trains from running on time. Wednesday afternoon's Amtrak train in Tampa was delayed so passengers were bused to Winter Haven where they were told they would board a train.

"Yes it is inconvenient for me," said Ventrice Rutherford as she sat in the downtown Tampa train station.

"It's been a nightmare but we'll get over it," added Hans Rosendahl as he waited with a friend at the train station.

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