Blizzard! Airlines have canceled 3,300 flights since Wednesday

The USA TODAY Weather map shows a major storm moving through the USA on Thursday, March 14, 2019. (Photo: USA TODAY Weather)


Air travelers faced another day of weather-related flight disruptions on Thursday thanks to a powerful “bomb cyclone” moving through the Rockies, Great Plains and upper Midwest.

Flights had been halted at several airports Wednesday because of the storm. By Thursday morning, however, flights were resuming at some airports.

The busiest among those affected was Denver, where the airport tweeted overnight that “4 of our 6 runways are now open” and said crews continued working to clear snow from the others.

In South Dakota, the Rapid City airport was among those forced to halt all flights Wednesday as the storm brought blizzard conditions to the area. The airport’s flight tracker showed a number of flights were set to resume today, but Thursday travelers faced lingering disruptions from the storm.

Nationwide, more than 1,150 flights had been grounded and another 570 delayed as of 8:20 a.m. EDT, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. The majority of those cancellations appeared to be tied to the storm.

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