Nearly 1,000 flights in, in and out of the United States were canceled Tuesday as an ice storm tore through parts of the southern US.
The storm concentrated in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, leaving the region hardest hit by travel problems, with 288 flights canceled at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, according to the online flight tracker. informed flight.
The area is home to both American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, and as of early Tuesday morning, at least 319 Southwest flights were listed as cancelled, along with 308 American flights. At least 90 Southwest flights were delayed, while 29 American flights were also listed as delayed, according to FlightAware.
The ice storm was expected to be “prolonged and significant” and to “continue to impact a large area from the southern Plains to the Tennessee Valley,” the National Weather Service said.
He said the “dangerous” ice storm is expected to continue at least until early Thursday, bringing cold air, freezing rain and sleet, along with chaos and travel delays.
“Widespread total ice accumulation of greater than 0.25″ is likely from west Texas to western Tennessee, with localized areas receiving up to 0.75,” the National Weather Service said. Much ice could lead to hazardous travel conditions, along with tree damage and scattered power outages in hardest-hit regions.