Airlines canceled more than 1,500 flights in the United States on Wednesday as a strong winter storm makes its way through the western and central states. A total of 1,510 flights within, into and out of the United States were canceled by 4:30 p.m. ET, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware, which also showed 3,870 flights were delayed. Snow falling at a rate of two inches an hour and gusty winds will make travel conditions treacherous and perhaps impossible in parts of the Northern Plains and the Upper Midwest.
The National Weather Service describes the storm’s reach as “massive” and notes it will affect every region of the Lower 48 states with winter weather, severe thunderstorms or extreme temperatures.The NWS is warning of “numerous weather hazards and highly anomalous temperatures coast-to-coast, with almost all of the country experiencing some form of notable weather.” In a rare event, the NWS forecast office in Los Angeles has issued blizzard warnings for the higher elevations of Ventura, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara counties.
More than 4,300 flights were delayed and canceled at airports across the U.S. on Wednesday as a coast-to-coast winter storm affecting most of the northern half of the country continued to track east from Washington toward New England. https://t.co/DmmmArj7eF
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