The gigantic winter storm that swept across the south and central states on Monday paralyzed air, rail and road travel across the region, with severe travel disruptions certain to continue into Tuesday as the storm churns its way north.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport canceled 196 flights on Monday, accounting for nearly all flights in and out of the transportation hub, according to the tracking website FlightAware. The Austin airport tweeted on Monday that teams would remain on-site, “mitigating the impacts of this historic weather.”
At Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, there were 934 canceled flights by Monday evening, and almost 300 others were delayed, according to FlightAware. The airport said on Twitter that more delays and cancellations were expected on Tuesday, and urged the public to check the status of their flight with their airline before heading to the airport.
All rail operations operated by Dallas Area Rapid Transit will be suspended until Thursday, and bus services in the city will be suspended starting Monday night, resuming on Tuesday with what is likely to be additional delays, the transit system said. In Houston, George Bush Intercontinental Airport said that the airfield would be closed until at least Tuesday early afternoon.
The Nashville International Airport canceled 278 flights on Monday, according to FlightAware, and the airport said delays and additional cancellations appeared certain on Tuesday. There were fewer flight interruptions at the sprawling Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport, one of the country’s busiest hubs, with just 213 cancellations.
The storm forced road closures in parts of Louisiana, including in the Lafayette and Baton Rouge areas, while in Tennessee, the authorities closed about 20 roads just south of Nashville, in Williamson County, because of slick conditions, according to the Tennessean.
The authorities in many states asked people to avoid driving except for absolutely essential travel. “We all see the current situation, I’m not going to sugarcoat it. The next few days are going to be very tough,” Judge Lina Hidalgo of Harris County, Texas, which includes Houston, said at a news conference on Monday afternoon. “Things will likely get worse before they get better.”