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Winter Storm Uri wreaks havoc on travel across the US.

A major winter storm is affecting travel from Texas to the Northeast, causing widespread snow and ice that have led to thousands of flight delays and cancellations over the holiday weekend.

As of Monday morning, airports in East Texas, including Dallas / Fort Worth International and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental, continue to be affected by winter storm Uri, canceling hundreds of flights due to inclement weather. . IAH was even forced to close its airfield.

Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines canceled all flights to and from St. Louis on Sunday and scrapped more flights on Monday.

“We canceled the remaining flights on STL today to prevent passengers and aircraft from being stranded as we continue the winter storm that is affecting several of our airports,” the airline said in a statement.

According to flight tracking website FlightAware.com, Chicago, Denver and Nashville airports have also been hit hard by Monday’s winter weather, reporting dozens of flight cancellations. As of 9:30 am ET on Monday, the website reports more than 2,800 flight cancellations across the country.

According to Weather.com. “Freezing rain and sleet will occur just east of the snow area from southern and central Louisiana to the Tennessee Valley and central Appalachians. The ice will make travel dangerous and could also damage trees and cut power in some areas.” .

The storm is expected to end in the Northeast on Tuesday, bringing snow and ice to parts of upstate New York and western and northern New England, but only rain to the busy I-95 corridor.

Major airlines including American, Delta, United, Southwest, Frontier and JetBlue have issued waivers so that passengers in affected areas can avoid travel and get stranded without penalty.

As always, travelers affected by the last winter storm are advised to check the status of their flight with their airline before arriving at the airport and are advised to take more time to get to the airport as the roads can be dangerous.

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