Winter Storm Cancels Hundreds of Flights, Moves East in Time for Thanksgiving Travel

By Paul Riegler on 24 November 2013
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A major storm that killed at least eight people in the West moved through parts of New Mexico,DSC_0798 Oklahoma, and Texas on Sunday, cancelling hundreds and delaying thousands of flights in its wake.

As of 8 p.m. on the west coast, almost 1,000 flights had been cancelled according to FlightStats, a flight reporting service, and over 4,500 were delayed.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport reported 370 cancellations, well over one-third of its scheduled departures, mostly from American Airlines flights, which cancelled over 650 flights nationwide.   American has already cancelled 200 flights for Monday, the start of the holiday week.

The winter storm killed at least eight people, and meteorologists expect the Arctic mass to head south and east in the course of the week, potentially derailing holiday travel plans for tens of thousands of people during some of the busiest travel days of the year.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for parts of North Texas and Oklahoma from noon Sunday until midday Monday.  Flagstaff, Arizona reported 11” of snow by early Sunday and hundreds of rollover accidents, including one that injured three members of Willie Nelson’s band, were reported throughout the region.

As the storm, which forecasters have named Boreas, approaches the east coast, it will probably bring snow from the southern and central Appalachians into the western half of Pennsylvania, as well as in upstate New York and northern New England.

The I-95 corridor from Boston to Washington, D.C. will most likely see rain although northern and western suburbs of coastal cities may see light snow as the storm moves offshore.

Major airports in the Northeast are likely to see delays Tuesday and Wednesday just as holiday travelers begin to hit the road in earnest.

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