Winter Weather Leads to More Than 3,000 Flight Delays
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An unrelenting series of winter storms have caused countless headaches for travelers from the Rockies to New England in recent weeks. And even though the calendar has finally flipped to March, the winter mess remains.
With Winter Storm Thor moving in to replace Sparta, some unfortunate travelers have experienced a sluggish start to the work week.
According to FlightAware, 3,235 flights have been delayed nationwide on Monday as of 2 p.m. ET, with another 876 having been canceled.
Nonetheless, those numbers are a significant improvement from Sunday, which saw nearly 5,600 flight delays within, into or out of the U.S. and another 2,500 cancellations nationwide.
A majority of the delays on Monday have occurred at New York's LaGuardia Airport (303), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (263) and Chicago O'Hare International Airport (220).
Philadelphia International, North Carolina's Charlotte-Douglas, Newark Liberty, JFK and Washington's Reagan National have also been impacted by wintry weather conditions.
As of Monday, Thor has already dropped up to a foot or more of snow in parts of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico, according to Weather.com.
Phase 2 of Thor is expected to commence on Tuesday as the storm moves east. With cold air in place, snow is expected in parts of the Midwest, Great Lakes, Upstate New York and New England, while the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic is likely to experience a wintry mix.
Areas south will likely see rain, according to the Weather Channel on Twitter:
But the end of the week won't provide any reprieve for travelers in the east as an arctic front and active jet stream are expected to generate additional wintry precipitation on Wednesday and Thursday during Phase 3 of Thor.
Travelers should keep a close eye on the forecast as it could change over the next few days. And with snow and ice possible for parts of the central and eastern U.S., both drivers and air travelers should plan ahead and exercise caution throughout their journey.
Passengers flying into or out of impacted airports like DFW should stay updated on their flight status:
Winter weather impacting travel is driving high call volumes. You can check your flight status and rebook online: http://t.co/5P3ytypODf— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) March 2, 2015
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