More than 1,600 flights to and from the United States were canceled by 12:15 p.m. Sunday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. Christmas Day is traditionally a bright day for passenger flights.
By noon on Christmas Day, airports in the Deep South were the hardest hit, demonstrating the magnitude and impact of the storm. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) – the busiest airport in the world – had the highest number of cancellations and delays.
No. 2 was at Denver International in the Rocky Mountains over 1,000 miles away.
Things were still too rough and humorless in hard-hit western New York.
According to the National Weather Service, the temperature at 12:15 PM ET in BUF was 20°F (-7°C) with a snowstorm and 40 mph winds.
Tough week for flying
Two travelers are sleeping while others line up to get through security at Denver International Airport on Friday.
The arrival of a major storm was ill-timed for travelers as flights over the Christmas week began to return to pre-pandemic levels.
A total of 3,487 flights were canceled on Christmas Eve, according to FlightAware. Friday was his worst day with 5,934 cancellations, while Thursday had about 2,700 cancellations.
Across the eastern two-thirds of the country, the monstrous winter weather is expected to ease slowly until Monday. As of 12:15 PM ET, there were 153 preemptive cancellations on Monday.
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Danielle Wiener-Bronner and Rebekah Riess of CNN contributed to this report.
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