WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — More than 4,000 U.S. flights were canceled or delayed Friday due to harsh winter conditions across much of the country, the FlightAware.com portal reported.
“Total cancellations inside, inside or outside the United States today: 3,315,” the tracker said.
Another 1,400 flights were delayed, he added.
More than 300 flights have been canceled at airports such as LaGuardia near New York, Settle-Tacoma International in Washington state, as well as Detroit and Chicago’s two airports.
In the US Capital Region, more than 170 flights, or nearly 20%, were canceled at Reagan National Airport. Nearly 140 flights have been canceled at two other airports in the region – Baltimore-Washington and Dulles International.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a warning of heavy snowfall, high winds and life-threatening cold for the central and eastern United States.
“A powerful winter storm and a sharp cold front will continue to produce snow from the Midwest and the Ohio Valley across the Great Lakes and the Northeastern Interior through this weekend. The combination of Very cold temperatures and strong gusty winds over much of the central and eastern United States will keep dangerous wind chill temperatures behind the acute cold front. Flooding is possible in the Northeast,” the statement said. ‘Warning.
More than 200 million people, or about 60% of the U.S. population, are subject to winter weather warnings or advisories across the country, he added.