Winter Weather Woes Continue into Monday with Thousands of Flights Cancelled

By Paul Riegler on 8 December 2013
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Snow plows were in evidence in many parts of the U.S. on Sunday

Snow plows were in evidence in many parts of the U.S. on Sunday

The winter storm that grounded planes and caused power failures throughout the Southwest and central U.S. was followed by a second storm that hit the East Coast with snow and freezing rain.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, still recovering from a winter storm that hit Thursday, reported “light air traffic” on its website due to the reduced flight schedules and wintry conditions that are set to continue through at least Monday.

More than 1,700 departures had been canceled by Sunday afternoon there and, by Sunday afternoon, American Airlines, which has its main hub in Dallas, announced the cancellation of 550 of Monday’s flights.  The only bright spot was that the airport had managed to reopen three of its seven runways, up from one on Friday.

As of 11 p.m. on the east coast, over 2,800 flights had been canceled on Sunday nationwide, according to FlightStats, a flight reporting service.  In addition, over 8,100 flights were delayed.  A total of 800 flights are listed as cancelled for Monday throughout the country.

Other airports with a significant number of cancellations and delays included Philadelphia International Airport, Chicago-O’Hare International Airport, and Reagan National and Dulles International airports in Washington, D.C.

On the roads, numerous multiple-car accidents were reported in Pennsylvania and southern Wisconsin, where 6” of snow was reported near Philadelphia, according to the National Weather Service.  Parts of Delaware, Maryland, and southern New Jersey were forecast to receive between 10” to 14” of snow.  On the Pennsylvania Turnpike near the Morgantown exit, one person was killed in a chain reaction accident that involved over 50 vehicles and closed the roadway for several hours.

More snow and freezing rain are forecast from Ohio to Maine for early Monday. Officials there were cautioning drivers to stay off the roads.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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