Horrendous weather in the US caused nearly 17,000 flights to be canceled over the Christmas period – and the holiday travel nightmares are likely far from over.
Ahead of the big day, more than 12,000 flights to, from and from the US were canceled between Wednesday (December 21) and Saturday (December 24), according to data from FlightAware.
Nearly 3,200 flights were canceled on Christmas Day itself, followed by another 1,721 on Boxing Day (Dec. 26) as of 10 a.m. ET.
Airlines are still trying to get back on track, with more cancellations planned in the coming days as Americans begin their return trips.
The cancellations were linked to dramatic delays affecting nearly 40,000 flights since December 22.
The cancellations and delays come as much of the US has been hit by unusually cold weather from Winter Storm Elliott.
Cold temperatures will persist for most of this week at least 50 people died resulting in chaos until now.
Residents were trapped in their homes, and tens of thousands of homes and businesses lost power.
A cold snap has swept the Great Lakes from near the Canadian border to the Rio Grande on the Mexican border.
About 60 percent of the U.S. was under some kind of winter weather warning, and temperatures from the Rocky Mountains east to the Appalachians reached well below normal levels.
On Sunday, the National Weather Service said air coming from the Arctic “covering much of the eastern half of the United States will be slow to moderate.”
New York Gov. Cathy Hatchul said Saturday that nearly all of Buffalo’s fire engines were stranded, and on Sunday she urged residents in the area to obey a driving ban that was put into effect.
Buffalo Niagara International Airport will be closed until at least 11 a.m. Tuesday. More than 40 inches of snow fell at the airport in the area, where 27 people died, This was reported by the Associated Press.
Denver The international airport, which is a hub for United Airlines and Frontier Airlines, had the most cancellations on Sunday, with 167 or about 20 percent of departing flights.
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Atlanta At the Delta Air Lines hub, 137 flights were canceled – about 17 percent of the flight schedule.
Harry Reid International in Las VegasIn Nevada, 128 flights were canceled, about 20 percent. At Chicago Midway International, 92 flights were canceled on Christmas Day, or 34 percent of departures.