Around 1,000 US flights canceled as wintry weather rumbles

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(CNN) — More than 1,000 flights were canceled across the United States on Monday as wintry weather moves to the center of the country, with disruption expected to continue through Tuesday.

The most affected airports so far are Dallas Love Field, Dallas-Fort Worth International, Austin Bergstrom International and Houston Bush International in Texas.

Two other western airports, Harry Reid International in Las Vegas and Denver International in Colorado, are also experiencing significant delays.

As of 11 p.m. ET on Monday, just over 1,100 flights within, to or from the United States have been canceled, according to flight tracking site FlightAware, with more than 5,000 delays. More than 900 Tuesday flights have already been canceled.

About half of those cancellations are for Southwest Airlines flights. The Dallas-based airline, which experienced a slump in operations over the holidays, had canceled about 12% of its Monday schedule — about 480 flights, according to FlightAware.

Southwest Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for comment. As recently as Monday morning, CEO Bob Jordan was outlining fixes to prevent a repeat of the airline’s Christmas travel slump.

American Airlines and regional carrier SkyWest have also experienced numerous delays and cancellations.

A winter storm warning is in effect for much of Texas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth area, until 6 a.m. central time Wednesday, February 2.

Weather exemptions for travelers

Southwest Airlines issued a winter weather waiver on Sunday and extended waivers Monday noon to a dozen airports in Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas and Kentucky. The latest exemptions apply to travel from January 30 to February 1.
American Airlines on Sunday issued a waiver for Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport that applies to travel from Jan. 29 through Feb. 2.
Delta and United have also issued weather waivers. Their Monday operations were not significantly affected by the cancellations.

Dallas Love Field tweeted Monday that its team “stands ready to treat and clean surfaces to enable safe operations.” DFW was also preparing for bad weather.

Both airports have urged travelers to check with their airlines for flight status before heading to the airport.

Dangerous driving conditions

“If you must travel, slow down and exercise extreme caution, especially when approaching bridges and overpasses,” the Texas warning reads.

Top image: Motorists in Dallas face wintery conditions. 1 credit

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