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More flights canceled at Tampa International Airport as South endures winter blast

About 30 flights out of Tampa International Airport were canceled early Tuesday after a massive winter storm pummelled parts of the South on Sunday and Monday.

Most of the canceled flights were to and from Atlanta.

It could be days before icy, treacherous conditions improve for areas of the South hit by a wintry blast that sent cars sliding off the road, emptied grocery shelves and had officials nervously watching ice-laden powerlines and tree limbs.

Snow ranging from several inches to more than a foot Sunday and Monday blanketed states from Louisiana to the Carolinas. And more misery was on the way: The snow began turning to freezing rain in numerous areas, and low temperatures threatened to turn roads that may have thawed icy overnight.

The storm shut down most cities and towns, closed many businesses, and canceled most flights at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the world's busiest. At least nine people were killed in weather-related traffic accidents.

Conditions were unlikely to improve any time soon. Temperatures should stay below freezing for days, and more snow is predicted. That means treacherous travel conditions could persist until Wednesday or beyond.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Delta Air Lines will cancel more than 1,400 Delta and Delta Connection flights systemwide Tuesday "as extreme snow and ice conditions continue in Atlanta and a severe winter storm moves into the Northeast," the airline said.

Those cancellations are on top of more than 2,000 Sunday and Monday cancellations Delta previously attributed to the Atlanta snowstorm, according to the paper.

As the system that blanketed Atlanta with ice makes its way up the East Coast, several more airports are likely to be affected, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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