Severe winter storms continue to engulf much of the United States, bringing fears of blinding snowstorms, freezing rain, flooding, and life-threatening cold to those traveling during the Christmas holidays. More than 1,000 flights were canceled as early as Saturday after a storm that struck earlier in the week destroyed power lines, piled up cars on highways, and caused fatal crashes, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware. On Friday, the number of canceled flights rose to nearly 5,700, while Thursday saw 2,700 cancellations.
Heavy snowfall and roaring winds hit much of the country, including the normally temperate southern states. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), more than 200 million Americans were warned of weather alerts as cold winds dropped temperatures to minus 48 degrees Celsius (minus 55 degrees Fahrenheit). Over 1 million US prisoners of war The storm was of unprecedented scale, from the Great Lakes near Canada to the Rio Grande along the border with Mexico. Freezing rains blanketed much of the Pacific Northwest with layers of ice, and people in the Northeast faced the threat of coastal and inland flooding.
Midwestern highways have experienced lengthy delays due to snow weather and accidents, and some authorities in Indiana, Michigan, New York, and Ohio are urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel. urged. Amtrak passenger rail has canceled dozens of trains leading up to Christmas, disrupting vacation travel for thousands of people. Customers fumbled in the dark on Friday as a winter storm swept across the country.