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Winter Storm Bruce on Air Travel and Airlines

On 25th November, Sunday, a winter Storm named Bruce brought down heavy snowfall in areas of Central Pains in the US. The first areas to get hit by the blizzard storm were Northland, O’Hare, Chicago, Kansas City and some more. It was soon after Thanksgiving that the busiest travel weekend for travelers turned into a nightmare. More than 2000 flights were cancelled on the first 2 days and the same forecasted to continue till Monday, 3rd December, 2018.

Travel has been greatly affected by Bruce, as it grounded up to 4-6 inches of snow across the roadways, making most routes impassible. Even if the storm has turned cool by now, bringing the temperature back to normal, it will still take time for the roadway management group to clear the snow-packed roads to normalize travel by road.

Coming to air travel, plenty of airports were closed as soon as the thrilling news aired. The major affected airports included big names like O’Hare and Midway airports in Chicago – over 1000 flights were cancelled on Sunday at the Chicago airports along with flight delays of more than 40 minutes. Other airports affected by the massive wreck are Boston, Denver and Dallas-Fort Worth. The situation at Kansas was comparatively severe as the airport authorities had to shut operations as a result of low visibility.

The hazardous winter storm has not just affected travelers returning from a Thanksgiving holidays but also airlines. Several carriers are in a financial crunch due to travel refunds, cancellations and waiving free rescheduling of flights. Major airlines like United Airlines, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines are offering free rescheduling options to the passengers.

Post Storm Effect

Bruce, the winter storm, has already affected property, travel and a few lives in America and it seems to last for a while now. As per the Accuweather report, snowfall up to a maximum of 6 inches is expected in cities like New York, Rochester, Syracuse and Pennsylvania.

Some particular areas of Pennsylvania are on high alert due to pathetic weather conditions until 3rd December, Monday because of wind gusts reaching to a maximum speed of 48 miles per hour. The areas include Adams, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Cumberland, Northern Clinton, Columbia, Sullivan and some others.

Travelers are advised to keep a check on the weather reports and stay updated on the flight reschedule timings with the respective carriers.

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