Flight cancellations amid brutal winter storm create continued chaos for passengers

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Flight delays continued on Saturday, halting travel during the holiday season as parts of the country were hit by a deadly winter storm.

Saturday morning there were more than 2,000 flight cancellations to, from and within the United States, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. More than 4,300 flights have been delayed.

Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta and Newark in the New York area were among the US airports most affected by delays and cancellations, according to FlightAware’s “Misery Map.”

Saturday’s delays and cancellations follow days of disruption as the storm swept across the country bringing freezing temperatures and whiteout conditions, with reports of an extreme weather phenomenon ‘bomb cyclone » near the Great Lakes.

As of Friday, there were nearly 6,000 canceled flights in the United States and nearly 12,000 delays, according to FlightAware.

The Greyhound bus service warned late Thursday that trips to the Midwest or Northeast could be canceled or halted. In its alert, the company listed nearly 20 cities among those affected, advising passengers to check bustracker.greyhound.com for the latest information on specific routes.

Amtrak said Friday morning that inclement weather “resulted Amtrak in performing multiple services and cancellations through Sunday, Dec. 25.” The rail company said affected customers should be able to catch trains departing at similar times or on a different day.

Those who stay at home also face the impact of the storms.

On Saturday, more than 1.6 million homes and businesses across the country were without power due to an arctic blast and winter storm that knocked out power lines. The storm hits the Midwest and parts of the East with heavy snowfall, blizzard conditions and flooding along the northeast coast, in addition to freezing temperatures. It is expected to continue until Sunday.

The weather could also impact holiday gifts.

The US Postal Service, UPS, FedEx and Amazon all recently said weather was disrupting operations.

USPS said it had temporarily closed 89 post offices, UPS warned ‘certain delivery and pickup services’ can be affected, and Amazon has “temporarily closed” some of its sites in the impacted areas. FedEx said it was experiencing “substantial disruption” at two processing centers and packages due for delivery on Saturday could be delayed.

— CNN’s Aya Elamroussi, Forrest Brown, Karla Cripps, Haley Brink and Chris Isidore contributed to this report.


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