NEW YORK (AP) -- A Navy officer home on a 4-day leave says the upside of getting stranded for hours on a snow-clogged New York highway was the chance to spend time with his wife and 3-month-old son.

Andrew and Kristen Lauda and son Christopher left home in Norfolk, Va., Sunday morning. They got trapped in the blizzard on the Long Island Expressway for eight hours while driving to see family on Long Island.

Lauda tells NBC's "Today" his thoughts were about getting the baby somewhere warm.

He contacted an ABC affiliate. It aired Lauda's interview, which was heard by Carlos Calderon in nearby Queens.

ABC News reports that Calderon was motivated to help because "that baby, it got me."

Calderon found them and drove them to their relatives - just 20 minutes away.