Arctic Blast ‘Like the Middle of Winter’ Hits Over 240 Million People in the U.S., Over 17,000 Flights Delayed

By Jesse Sokolow on 13 November 2019
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A Delta aircraft being deiced

A Delta aircraft being deiced

Record cold temperatures spread from the Midwest into the East Cast as far south as parts of Texas, resulting in travel chaos.

“An early blast of cold arctic air will consume much of the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. over the next few days, making it feel like the middle of winter,” the National Weather Service said.

The storm has been compared to the “Blue Nother” of 1911, which brought record cold temperatures to the Plains eastward to the East Coast after record warm temperatures in many cases on the same day.

As of 10 a.m. EST on Wednesday, 1,145 flights have been already delayed, and 107 have been cancelled, according to FlightStats.com, a website that tracks such information.  In total, over 17,000 flights have been delayed in the United States since Monday, with 2,331 cancellations.

Chicago O’Hare International and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County airports bore the brunt of the cancellations.

At least six deaths have been blamed on the storm since Monday, including three women who were killed in a head-on collision in Charlotte, Michigan, and, in Kansas, an eight-year-old who was killed when a careening truck slammed into her parents’ vehicle.

The widespread cold in the East and Deep South is forecast to moderate on Thursday, while snow will continue over the Great Lakes.  Warm and dry weather is expected in the West Coast, elevating fire weather concerns for Southern California.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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