A significant winter storm is sweeping through much of the United States, lowering temperatures and causing airports to close. After the largest snow dumps in Texas for years, both airports in Houston remain closed. Several other airports around the Gulf Coast also remain closed. Both airports in Dallas are presently open, but substantial delays are expected there across Monday.
Many airports across Texas and the Gulf Coast remain closed today
According to information from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P Hobby Airport (HOU), Jackson International Airport (JAN), Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT), and Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR) are closed. San Antonio International Airport (SAT) also advises the cancelation of all flights there on Monday. It’s the same situation at Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), with flights to and from that airport also canceled today. The airport cites the weather as the reason.
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As the storm heads east, the FAA is advising expected re-opening times. George Bush Intercontinental Airport should reopen at 13:00 CST on February 16. Houston’s Hobby Airport is expected to reopen at midday CST on February 16. Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport says it is reopening at midday on Tuesday. Lafayette Regional Airport should reopen at 17:00 CST on Monday. Jackson International Airport is currently slated to reopen at 23:00 on Monday.
However, the impacted airports advise the situation is fluid. Passengers scheduled to fly in or out of these airports should contact their airline for up to the minute information.
Our airfield will remain closed until noon tomorrow. Treatment of the airfield will continue throughout the day. We ask passengers not to arrive to the airport today. No flights will be operating. pic.twitter.com/JwiAp1U2QL
— Hobby Airport (@HobbyAirport) February 15, 2021
Dallas airports open but experiencing delays and cancelations
The winter storm is causing knock-on effects at airports elsewhere. Both Dallas Forth Worth Airport (DFW) and Love Field (DAL) are open for business. However, due to snow and ice on the roads, getting to and from DFW is taking an extra hour. At the time of publication, Dallas Fort Worth Airport has seen 476 flights canceled across Sunday. That includes 192 Envoy Air flights and 175 American Airlines flights.
Across town at Love Field, flights are resuming after an earlier closure.
“Our teams continue to work to clear runways for safe travel conditions,” DAL’s social media feeds say. “We expect another round of winter weather later this week, and travel impacts will linger through then.”
Meanwhile, there are 25 flight cancelations at Love Field across Sundays. That includes a single Alaska Airlines cancelation and 24 Southwest cancelations.
❄️ 🚨 Major cancellations across the board as the overnight weather and upcoming weather create dangerous conditions. Confirm your flight's status with your airline prior to coming to the airport and drive with extreme caution if you are coming to DAL. #DALwx
— Dallas Love Field (@DallasLoveField) February 14, 2021
Delays at O’Hare, Northeast airports brace for weather
It’s not just the Gulf Coast airports feeling the winter storm’s chilly blast. Chicago’s O’Hare Airport is experiencing extensive snowfalls and expects that to continue throughout Monday. The bad weather is causing significant traffic delays getting to and from the airport. In addition, departing and arriving flights are experiencing delays exceeding 45 minutes.
Lake effect snow, at times heavy, continues to batter areas near the Cook County and far northwest Indiana lakeshore. Continue to take proper precautions if traveling today, especially as more widespread steady snow works its way in from the south this afternoon. #ilwx #inwx pic.twitter.com/Wj2Y9PUsHw
— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) February 15, 2021
The winter storm will continue to spread heavy snow across parts of the Midwest and interior Northeast tonight before tracking into the Northeast on Tuesday. That will see the Northeast airports experience delays, cancelations, and closures as the Gulf Coast airports begin to get back to business.
Elsewhere, another weather system is currently building in the Rockies. By midweek, it will cross the Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley. Meteorologists predict more snow, wind, and rain. One thing’s for sure; it’s going to be a rough week for travelers across the United States.
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