Winter Storm Forces Flight Cancellations, Leaves Thousands Without Power

Winter Storm Forces Flight Cancellations, Leaves Thousands Without Power

A major winter storm is expected to move through much of the U.S. on Sunday and Monday, blanketing states from Texas to Maine with snow, treacherous ice and freezing temperatures.

The National Weather Service said the storm would move over the Southern Plains on Sunday and shift to the East Coast on Monday and Tuesday. It said 150 million Americans are currently under some sort of winter advisory.

The storm is expected to break some temperature records, the weather service said. Forecasters predicted low temperatures would range from minus 20 to minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest.

The winter weather scrambled what has been the biggest travel weekend of the year so far. While passenger volumes are still less than half of pre-pandemic levels, more than one million people passed through U.S. airports on Thursday and again on Friday, heading into the Presidents Day holiday.

More than 2,000 flights within, into and out of the U.S. had been canceled Sunday morning, according to FlightAware.com, a flight tracking site. Airlines have already scrubbed more than 1,300 flights on Monday as well. Dallas and Houston have been particularly hard hit, with hundreds of cancellations each day. Airlines have been allowing people to rebook flights in dozens of cities around the country without paying stepped up fares.

Source: WSJ – US News

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