Yes, winter happens ever year. But goshdarnit if people aren’t completely fed up with Old Man Winter’s blustery temper this season, which has already seen thousands of flights canceled. Including those canceled over the weekend in preparation for this latest bit of blizzarding, at least 4,500 flights have been ditched and thousands others delayed.
Although it feels like “Enough already,” it’s not over yet: Today will be rough for fliers, as there were more than 2,000 flights canceled across the U.S. as of 4 a.m. ET, reports USA Today (citing FlightAware stats). Most of those were preemptively cut last night in anticipation of the poor weather.
Add another 2,000 cancellations from Sunday and 480 on Saturday to that and you’ve got quite a whopping punch in the gut of our nation’s collective travel plans.
The worst hit area thus far appears to be Washington’s Reagan National Airport, which has had more than 500 flights grounded this morning. About a foot of snow has been forecast for the area, which will only serve to snarl travel plans even more.
And it’s probably only going to get worse today as the bad weather continues to pummel much of the country. Make sure you check with your airline if you’re scheduled to fly today, as most carriers have eased up rebooking policies for any passengers slated to fly in or out of airport’s in the storm’s path.
Storm: Flight cancellations soar past 4,500 [USA Today]