Deep Freeze in Midwest and Northeast Causes Major Travel Disruptions

By Jesse Sokolow on 6 January 2014
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DSC_0304Record cold temperatures have been moving in throughout the Midwest and Northeast, causing significant disruptions to travel.  As of 9:50 a.m. EST Monday morning, over 3,110 flights had been canceled in the U.S., while 1,830 have been delayed.

In Chicago and Cleveland, the two cities with the most delays and cancellations for both departures and arrivals, temperatures were recorded at -14° F (-25.5° C) and 16° F (-8° C), respectively.  As of 8:50 a.m. in Chicago on Monday, 1,448 flights were canceled in and out of Chicago’s O’Hare, while 140 had been delayed.  In and out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, 338 flights have been canceled, while 20 have been delayed.

Chicago broke two records on Sunday, one for lowest recorded temperature at -16° F (-26.6° C), and one for most snowfall in a day (8.6” or 21.8 centimeters).  In addition, passengers on a Chicago-bound Amtrak train were stuck for eight hours after the engine froze.

In the Northeast, temperatures are expected to drop drastically as night approaches and into Tuesday.  New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport already has 201 flights in and out of it canceled, while LaGuardia has canceled 205 flights into and out of the airport.

Additionally, there are wind chill advisories in effect for over 70% of the country.

The extremely cold temperatures come in the wake the second winter storm of the year, which caused a Delta Air Lines plane to slide off the runway and into a snow bank at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday morning.

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