Arctic Chill Settles In; Airline Flights Canceled Ahead of Storm

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Plummeting temperatures and increasing winds have taken root again in the Midwest while a winter storm expected to settle into the Southeast means airline flight cancelations abound in the region today.

Delta spokeswoman Betsy Talton says that 1,850 flights have been canceled system-wide.

Southwest Airlines spokesman Brad Hawkins says about 360 scheduled departures have been canceled system-wide.

Forecasters predict snow and ice from Texas to the Carolinas by mid-week as precipitation moving in from the south meets with cold air already chilling the region. Much of Georgia is under a winter storm watch. Forecasters say the biggest issue isn't snow, but the ice potential.

In the Midwest, sub-zero temperatures and colder wind chills are keeping even the hardiest people indoors. Weather forecasters warn that the minus 30 to minus 40 degree wind chills can cause frostbite in minutes on exposed skin.

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