Thousands of flights are delayed or canceled just days before Christmas as a severe winter storm hits the United States and moves eastward.
Temperatures have already plummeted across the nation as a result of the storm, with some locations seeing subzero temperatures and wind chills as low as minus 40.
Denver, Colorado, for example, saw temperatures drop 37 degrees in an hour this week, and Cheyenne, Wyoming, set a record on Wednesday by dropping 40 degrees in 30 minutes.
According to the National Weather Service, more than 200 million people, or 60% of the country’s population, are under a winter storm warning or advisory.
As a result of the storm, fight cancellations are increasing. 10:45 a.m. According to FlightAware, there were over 3,600 flight cancellations within, into, or out of the United States on Friday alone, with over 2,900 delays only two days before Christmas.
This is in addition to the cancellations and delays suffered on Thursday, when 2,685 US-related flights were canceled and 11,290 more were delayed..
The National Weather Service says that the storm will continue to produce “widespread disruptions to large portions of the nation heading into the holiday weekend,” from the Canadian border to Florida.