Businesses Benefit From Winter Weather

The severe weather may be winding down, but area businesses continue to cash in tonight thanks to stranded travellers.

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While mother nature continues posing problems on the roadways, it's causing business to boom in Amarillo.

Some places have seen up to a 30% increase in sales.

"It's crazy we didn't expect how bad it would get just driving, we'd never seen ice fall from telephone lines," says Mike Ludwig, who is travelling through.

Mike Ludwig and his family are just some of the many people who are staying in Amarillo tonight because they were told to avoid the roads to Colorado.

"We wanted to go further but they said if they tried there was only 3 hotels in the next city, so we had to find a room here."

That's music to the ears of hotel and restaurant managers who always want more customers.

"A lot of people got settled in their hotels and came here because normally we're not on a wait, it's a 10-15 minutes throughout the night," says Anthony King, who manages Hoffbrau Steaks.

"When weather becomes severe, we have an influx of travellers just trying to get off the roads," says Phyllis Payne, the general manager of The Ambassador Hotel.

As for the Ludwigs, as long as they make it to Colorado Springs tomorrow, mother nature is forgiven.

"We're a little shut down we drove 14 hours straight, and didn't sleep and we were hoping to get there tonight, so we'll just get on the road tomorrow," says Ludwig.

King says business usually slows down during the holidays.

But he hopes the boost lasts through Christmas.