(WQOW) - An Altoona woman was hoping to be home by now, but instead, the big storm is keeping her in Boston.
The snow hadn't begun falling yet when the warning signs came that she might not be making it back on time.
"Everybody's phones started going off at the same time. Text messages and phone calls from all of the different airlines letting them know that flights had been canceled. It was kind of mass chaos all at once," said Bridget Davis of Altoona.
Davis works for IDEXX Laboratories in Eau Claire. She was in Boston this week for business, and was one of thousands to receive a call that her flight was canceled.
"At that point we had realized what we were really in store for and started calling around and trying to see if we could get flights out maybe on Saturday or earlier on Friday but nothing was available. Things are just being canceled left and right," Davis explained.
As she started snapping photos, she said conditions got worse.
"It went from a little bit of snow, to snow that's really going sideways because the wind is blowing so fast," Davis said.
Davis had hoped to stock up on a few supplies, but had been beaten to the punch by locals.
"All of the shelves in the grocery stores and the convenience stores are empty. People have bought all of the bottled water, all of the bread. There's literally nothing in the stores. They've been preparing for this for a few days," said Davis.
She said she expects to spend the next few days watching movies in her hotel as police and road crews try to keep the streets clear.
"We're urged to stay in doors and to not even walk across the street to a restaurant. They direct them to go into parking ramps. It's very bizarre, it does feel a little like the end of the world, which is kind of scary," Davis said.
Bridget says the earliest flight she'll be able to catch home leaves at 9 a.m. Sunday.
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