The bad news: So far this weekend, airlines have grounded an estimated 2,200 flights because of the inclement wintry weather sweeping the country. The good news: Things may be looking up for travelers on Sunday. While an estimated 1,600 flights were cancelled on Saturday and another 3,440 were delayed, Sunday saw those figures cut in half. Seems, like the weather is getting better, right?
of 10 a.m. EST on Sunday, 668 flights were cancelled and 1,103 flights were
delayed, according to Flight Aware. The majority of Sunday’s cancelled and
delayed flights were going in and out of Philadelphia and Denver, both of which
experienced wintry weather late into Saturday evening. Washington, D.C.,
Baltimore, and New York airports also experienced lingering delays and
cancellations on Sunday, though they’re expected to ease up as the day goes on.
This weekend’s storm wreaked havoc on the East Coast, reaching as far south as northern Georgia. Baltimore saw about eight inches, while Washington, D.C. got about five inches, and New York City got two. Boston once again got piled on this weekend, with an additional three to six inches blanketing the eight feet of snow already on the ground.
Sunday’s improved travel conditions accompany a brief reprieve from the arctic
weather that’s taken the U.S. by storm this month. In the Northeast, which has
seen a particularly harsh winter, temperatures are expected to rise above
freezing on Sunday. TIME reports that temperatures might reach the mid-30s in
Boston and Portland, Maine, 42 in Philadelphia, and 35 in New York City.
That’s because while February has been unusually chilly, the beginning of the winter was unusually warm. According to NCDC, an estimated 3,500 records were set for daily high temperatures across the U.S. in January. Globally, this January was the second warmest on record.
So, when you’re bursting with frustration over messed up travel plans and feeling
like you might never thaw out, realize that it could always be worse. There’s a
light at the end of the tundra.
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