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Cold weather brings flight delays, cancellations

Snowy and icy storms swept through the southern and northeastern United States over the weekend, leaving at least five people dead and causing the cancellation of thousands of flights, including more than 1,000 at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Sunday.

Some parts of North Texas received as much as 4 inches of sleet and ice — a treacherous situation for drivers and travelers. At least three storm-related deaths were reported in the Dallas area Saturday and Sunday, according to police reports.

In Wisconsin, where some areas were expected to get 6 inches of snow Sunday, at least two drivers died on snowy roads.

Americans who were lucky enough to stay home during the chilly, snowy, icy late-autumn weather could watch it on television. Several NFL games continued even as heavy snow obscured the field. Groundskeepers plowed out a strip every 10 yards so players would have some gauge of their position. Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore were hit especially hard.

What was forecast in the Philadelphia area to be a tame storm system with about an inch of snow followed by rain mushroomed into a full-blown snowstorm that snarled traffic along Interstate 95 in Pennsylvania from the Delaware to New Jersey state lines.

The National Weather Service said some areas of the northeast received at least 8 inches of snow.

Kevin Witt, a National Weather Service meteorologist for the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area, said that rather than a single storm sweeping up the East Coast, a series of smaller disturbances have been bringing waves of trouble, especially as moisture in the area combined with freezing temperatures.

Almost 400 flights were canceled going in and out of Washington, D.C.-area airports Sunday, with more than 300 others reported canceled at Philadelphia International Airport as of Sunday afternoon, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware.

The snowstorm raised fears about a potentially dangerous commute this morning, with snow-laden cars and perilous, icy roads.

Cold weather brings flight delays, cancellations 12/08/13 [Last modified: Sunday, December 8, 2013 10:38pm]
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