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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A major winter storm in the Northeast tied up air traffic Friday at Jacksonville International Airport.

Nearly 20 flights to the Northeastwere cancelled as a result of the bad weather.

Passengers also faced a wait time at the airport of roughly 30 minutes.

Eric Taylor of New York City was stranded at the airport early Friday morning. He was trying to leave Florida after coming to Jacksonville for a training.

"It's not knowing that's the frustrating part. So, just everything's up in the air," he said while trying to book another flight.

Taylor also remained in close contact with his friends and family on Friday.

He said they were comparing the winter storm to Hurricane Sandy, which previously devastated the Northeast.

"The preparations are very similar. People lining up for gas, groceries," Taylor said.

His hope was to get a second flight out in time to keep his weekend plans, but he knew it didn't look good.

"I'm trying to keep my hopes up. I'm trying to be as positive and optimist as possible," Taylor said.

James Durkin of Jacksonville was one of the lucky passengers who got around a cancellation.

Even though Delta halted his 6:30 a.m. flight to New York City, the airline booked him and his girlfriend on a flight to Philadelphia at no extra cost.

"We were on the phone for about two hours last night, waiting, trying to hear back from Delta. Finally just talked to them this morning," Durkin said.

Most major airlines had similar offers available Friday for ticketed passengers.

Nationwide, at least 1,200 flights were cancelled as a result of the winter storm. As many as 3,000 were cancelled preemptively.

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