Many Travelers are Stuck in Casper

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CASPER, Wyo. The state pool tournament has placed local hotels at or close to capacity.

Most travelers arrived last night to beat the storm, but guests wanting to leave today were forced to stay until roads re-open.

"So we were blessed. Most of them came in a day early and planned on this blizzard and some of them you know won't be playing until Friday or Saturday so some of them are waiting so so far so good we haven't had many cancellations due to the weather." Said Karen East of the Ramkota hotel.

Truck stops like hat six also experience parking lots full of stuck truckers.

"A lot of them don't want to pull up to the pump because they are worried about losing their spot out in the parking lot because it's that full." Explained Belva Day, a worker at Hat Six Travel Center.

Drivers take this time to catch up on sleep, wander through the store, and eat until they can get back on the road.

"Oh yeah I've done it before but this is kind of late in the year it is kind of surprising." Said Kevin Stevens, one of the stranded drivers.

These conditions also affect how many people can safely get to work.

"We have a full hotel and so some of our employees will be staying the night in a hotel room in order to have staffing for tomorrow."

"We've had a lot of people call in or not show up on time just because it's so bad out there." Said Day.

At this point, most travelers have found a spot to relax and are just happy they have a place to get fuel, food, and use a clean restroom.

Truck drivers are ready to go as soon as the roads re-open and more travelers will be coming into town for the little league basketball and pool tournament this weekend.