Powerful Winter Storms Wreak Travel Chaos in Much of the U.S.

By Jesse Sokolow on 11 January 2020
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Tens of thousands of travelers are stranded with nowhere to go after a series of winter storms swept through much of the country.

Over 900 flights in and out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport had to be cancelled after freezing rain and high winds left slick and hazardous travel conditions in the Chicagoland area.  The wintry mix is expected to transition to snow by mid afternoon and the number of cancelled flights in Chicago is expected to climb as the day continues.

“Due to weather/ice, departure traffic destined to ORD is subject to a ground delay program,” the Federal Aviation Administration said, adding that the average departure delay is six hours and 19 minutes.

Meanwhile storms with winds of at least 60 miles (96 km/h) per hour caused power outages and property damage across southeast Texas overnight, downing trees, power lines and even gas pumps across the region.

As of 11:15 a.m., 1,237 flights have been cancelled in the United States and an additional 1,635 have been delayed.

The outlook isn’t much better in other parts of the country.  A storm system bringing “a variety of hazards” as well as some record high temperatures is heading to the eastern half of the United States on Saturday.

Heavy snow and ice will continue in parts of the Plains, the Midwest, and northern New England, while heavy rain and flooding is expected south of this weather area.  The Gulf Coast and Southeast may see severe thunderstorms and even some tornadoes.

The bizarre forecast for New York City calls for partly sunny skies at a high of 65° F (18° C), with a high of 63° F (17° C) on Sunday.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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