Treacherous Winter Storm Threatens 100 Million from Mexico to Maine With Over 4,500 Flights Cancelled

By Paul Riegler on 3 February 2022
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A major winter storm is a mixture of rain, freezing rain, ice, and snow to a broad swath of the United States from the Mexico border up to Maine.

Airlines have cancelled thousands of flights, while governors and mayors have warned residents to stay home due to treacherous road conditions.

The storm will have the most impact in the South on Thursday and will go on to impact the central Appalachians, mid-Atlantic, and Northeast later Thursday and into Friday.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport remained closed at 10:30 a.m. local time after issuing a ground stop earlier in the morning, the Federal Aviation Administration said.  Severe wintry conditions were making it impossible for planes to take off or land. The ground stop was expected to last until noon EST.

As of 11:30 a.m. EST, airlines had cancelled 4,560 flights within, flying into, or departing the United States.  Cancellations were largely clustered in Dallas, Austin, Chicago, and St. Louis.  At Dallas Love Field Airport, 84% of flights had been cancelled, while that figure was 60% at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.  Lambert Field in St. Louis reported a 72% cancellation rate, while Chicago O’Hare International Airport reported just 25%.  Meanwhile, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport said that 78% of its flights had been cancelled.

Southwest Airlines cancelled the most flights as of late morning, 1,037, representing 30% of its total daily schedule, while American Airlines, the world’s largest carrier, cancelled 694, 23% of its schedule for Thursday.

Meanwhile, the massive storm is dumping massive amounts of snow and ice in its path.

Officials reported that a snowplow had overturned in Columbiana County in Ohio. The driver “hit ice and slid off the road,” the Ohio Department of Transportation said in a tweet.  The driver was uninjured in the accident.

Thousands of homes and businesses were without power in the Memphis area as icing worsened and the weight of the ice started to bring down large trees. The number of outages reported in Tennessee was over 40,000 by late morning.

In Dallas, large trees were reportedly slumping under the weight of the ice, according to social media reports.  Over 50,000 homes and businesses were without power by mid-morning in the Lone Star State.

In San Antonio, Texas, heavy rains closed at least three roads, officials said in a briefing at 8:30 a.m. CST.

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