Bomb cyclone causes 2,400 flight cancellations nationwide

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A “bomb cyclone” that threatened to make vacation travel a nightmare earlier this week began to realize that threat on Thursday, December 22, as more than 2,400 flights were canceled across the United States.


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CNN reported late Thursday that conditions in the system dubbed Winter Storm Elliott disrupted air, train and bus services. In addition to the flights already canceled, another 2,200 had been preemptively canceled for Friday and more than 100 for Saturday.

Flight delays were even worse – 9,300 had been reported as of 9 p.m. ET on Thursday. Denver and Chicago were the hardest hit. From CNN:

At one point Thursday at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, delays averaging 159 minutes — nearly three hours — were caused by snow and ice, according to a notice from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Temperatures at the O’Hare dropped to 5 degrees Fahrenheit (-15 Celsius) around 6:45 p.m. local time. Light snow and fog/fog were reported by the National Weather Service.

A tweet from the National Weather Service in Cheyenne, Wyoming illustrated the unusual features of the massive weather system.

Cheyenne recorded, according to the tweet, “a FORTY DEGREE drop in just 30 minutes!”

CNN also listed major cities where bus service was disrupted, including Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver and Detroit. Amtrak reportedly began canceling and delaying various routes in the Midwest and Northeast.

Major northeast airports like Newark, JFK and LaGuardia were bracing for similar delays Thursday night in anticipation of the storm. Confirm flight status with your airline before heading to the airport.”

There will likely be many more cancellations before the storm leaves on Christmas Day.

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