May 24, 2022

thousands of flights canceled in the eastern United States and Canada

Posted today at 10:05 a.m., updated at 11:57 a.m.

The eastern United States and Canada were slowly returning to normal on Tuesday, January 18, after suffering a major winter storm, with heavy snowfall, leading to the cancellation of thousands of flights.

The Canadian capital, Ottawa, was blanketed in a 48 cm thick layer of snow. In neighboring America, the winter storm blanketed the city of Ashtabula, Ohio, as well as parts of Georgia and South Carolina, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. national.

Fewer than 40,000 American homes were still without electricity on Tuesday morning, compared to 120,000 twenty-four hours earlier, according to the site. The areas most affected by the power outages were in the state of West Virginia and the states of North and South Carolina.

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Flight status displays at Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport in Montreal on January 17, 2022.

More than 1,700 domestic and international flights were canceled Monday evening, in addition to 3,000 the previous day, according to flight tracking site FlightAware. Tuesday morning, only 175 flights had been canceled.

At Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport in Montreal, January 17, 2022.

After experiencing 620 flight cancellations on Sunday, or 95% of its expected traffic for the day, Charlotte International Airport, North Carolina, resumed more normal activity on Monday, but remains the most affected airport with 218 flight cancellations, i.e. 33% of its forecast traffic.

In Toronto, 201 flights departing or arriving at Pearson International Airport had to be canceled – this represents more than half of the traffic.

A snowplow clears the frozen ice pond at Parc Lafontaine in Montreal, Quebec, January 17, 2022.

Blizzard warnings were lifted for large areas of the provinces of Quebec and Ontario, Canada, where temperatures remained very low, however, according to the Canadian government’s weather information site.

An ambulance stuck in the snow in Toronto, Canada, January 17, 2022.

In Toronto, which received 29 cm of snow, the mayor, John Tory, had triggered an emergency rule allowing him to prevent cars from parking in certain areas while clearing snow, according to a press release published on the site of the city.

During the winter storm in Toronto, Canada on January 17, 2022.

Toronto police announced in a tweet that they had closed two highways in the city to traffic on Monday, “due to the extreme weather and for the safety of the drivers”.

A snowplow clears Nathan Phillips Square in front of City Hall in Toronto, Canada, January 17, 2022.

Many schools have closed in Quebec and southern Ontario, including the Toronto area. The five vaccination clinics run by the city of nearly three million people also suspended operations for the day.

Cars and trucks stuck in snow on Highway 401 as a major blizzard dumped up to 60cm of snow on parts of southern Ontario, closing major highways and roads, in Toronto, in Canada, January 17, 2022.
Near the Washington Monument, January 17, 2022.

The National Weather Service (NWS) had warned that snowfall was expected, especially in upstate New York in the New England region (northeast).

Inside the Union Station rail yard in Washington DC during the winter storm on January 16, 2022.

At 4 p.m. Paris time on Monday, more than 57 cm of snow had fallen in Harpersfield, a town in Ohio, according to the NWS. Sunday, more than 300 car accidents were listed in North Carolina, according to the highway police of this state in the south-east of the country.

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The northeastern United States had already found snow in early January, covered with a white coat up to 30 cm thick. Hundreds of motorists were stranded for nearly twenty hours on a major axis connecting the capital, Washington, DC.