It was a rough weekend for air travel. The culprit was a pair of potent winter storms – dubbed “Harper” and “Indra” – that brought heavy snow, rain and strong winds to airports from the Great Plains and Midwest into the Northeast and New England.
In total, airlines canceled more than 4,800 flights in the U.S. since the storms first began affecting flights Friday. More than 2,165 flights were canceled on
Saturday and another 1,600 on Sunday .
The worst cancellation count on Monday were in Boston, where a combined 200 flights (combined arrivals and departures) had been canceled. More than 60 flights had been canceled at Washington Reagan National, Newark Liberty and New York LaGuardia.
Tuesday brought no relief as Winter Storm Indra fell in line behind Harper and promised to make life miserable for the Midwest and Northeast all over again. Chicago’s major airports underwent lengthy ground stops with hundreds of flights canceled and large sections of interstates were shut down.
Chicago’s Midway and O’Hare international airports underwent ground stops due to snow and ice Tuesday morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Over 720 flights were canceled as of Tuesday afternoon, according to FlightAware. The majority of the cancellations were into or out of Chicago O’Hare.
On the bright side, the Sierra Nevada, picked up almost 8 feet of snow in one week, providing an important resource for California’s seemingly endless water woes. Squaw Valley Ski Resort saw 94 inches of snow (7.8 feet) in seven days ending 9 a.m. PST Monday. Several other ski resorts picked up over 6 feet of snow in that same period of time. Snowpack across the mountain range is above average for the first time since the 2016-2017 winter season.