Hundreds of MN teens visiting the East Coast get stranded in storm


Snowstorm Jonas has not been friendly to travelers. It's shut down more than 9,000 flights, according to The Weather Channel – including some from Minnesota. It's also stranded thousands more on roadways in Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

Some vehicles that got stuck Friday evening were stranded overnight and into Saturday. Among those were 200 Minnesota teenagers.

Liz Wilson, a mother of one of the teens, tells WCCO a group from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis had traveled to Washington D.C. for an anti-abortion rally. And they got stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike around 8 p.m. on Friday.

The organizer of the trip, Bill Dill, tells Fox 9 the students are keeping positive despite the setback. They even organized a mass Saturday morning for the people stranded.

Fox says leaders in the group walked to a nearby town to bring back water for the students. Emergency crews have also been delivering supplies.

The Weather Channel reports that members of the National Guard have helped dig out cars. An official told the weather service that they don't expect anyone to have to spend another night on the Pennsylvania highway.

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