Late Winter Storms Delay 10,000+ Flights

By Paul Riegler on 18 March 2013
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More snow is forecast for the NY metro area

More snow is forecast for the NY metro area

A late winter storm is bringing more snow and rain to the Northeast while snarling air traffic along the way, while severe thunderstorms threaten the southern part of the country.

Boston is expecting between 4” to 7” (10 to 18 cm) of the white stuff and New England ski areas will see more than a foot (30.5 cm).  While New York City will only get a light dusting, northern and western suburbs will see between 2” to 5” (5 to 13 cm).  Icy conditions are expected in the region.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning in the Deep South and Tennessee Valley.  Many areas will see damaging winds and very large hail (potentially larger than the size of golf balls) and a tornado watch is in effect in numerous counties in Georgia.

Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport reported over 550 departure delays and roughly the same number of delays in arrivals, while Atlanta-Hartsfield reported almost 300 departure delays and a similar number of delays in arriving flights, according to data provided by FlightStats, a flight tracking service.

As of 9 p.m. eastern time, 8,000 delays were reported nationwide on Monday.  There were almost 5,000 were reported on Sunday.

Other airports reporting delays in the hundreds include Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Minneapolis-St. Paul.  Philadelphia, Charlotte, Washington-Dulles, and Detroit-Metro reported several hundred delays each.

Meanwhile, a total of 345 fights were cancelled in the U.S. today.

The great number of delays was reported by ExpressJet at 1,019, American Airlines and its regional subsidiary American Eagle reported 1,000 delays, and Delta Air Lines reported over 700.

Update 1: An earlier version of this article indicated there had been roughly 5,000 delays on Monday.  The article has been revised to indicate the increase in delays that occurred later in the day.

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