Arctic chill settles in; Airline flights canceled ahead of storm

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Associated Press

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 3:03 AM

Plummeting temperatures and increasing winds have taken root again in the Midwest while a winter storm expected to settle into the Southeast means airline flight cancelations abound in the region today.

Delta spokeswoman Betsy Talton says that 1,850 flights have been canceled system-wide.

Southwest Airlines spokesman Brad Hawkins says about 360 scheduled departures have been canceled system-wide.

Forecasters predict snow and ice from Texas to the Carolinas by mid-week as precipitation moving in from the south meets with cold air already chilling the region. Much of Georgia is under a winter storm watch. Forecasters say the biggest issue isn't snow, but the ice potential.

In the Midwest, sub-zero temperatures and colder wind chills are keeping even the hardiest people indoors. Weather forecasters warn that the minus 30 to minus 40 degree wind chills can cause frostbite in minutes on exposed skin.

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292-a-11-(Collin White, director, aviation services, FlightAware, AP interview)-"into the South"-Collin White, with FlightAware, says thousands of flights have been canceled due to cold weather. ((watch for dating)) (27 Jan 2014)

<<CUT *292 (01/27/14)££ 00:11 "into the South"

295-a-11-(Collin White, director, aviation services, FlightAware, AP interview)-"to be expected"-Collin White, with FlightAware, says cold weather itself in the South and Midwest isn't what's causing flight cancellations. (27 Jan 2014)

<<CUT *295 (01/27/14)££ 00:11 "to be expected"

298-a-16-(Mayor Annise Parker, D-Houston, at news conference)-"respond where necessary"-Houston Mayor Annise Parker says there will be some sleet and freezing rain in the area on Tuesday. (27 Jan 2014)

<<CUT *298 (01/27/14)££ 00:16 "respond where necessary"

299-a-14-(Mayor Annise Parker, D-Houston, at news conference)-"own local conditions"-Houston Mayor Annise Parker says driving could be difficult in the Houston area on Tuesday. (27 Jan 2014)

<<CUT *299 (01/27/14)££ 00:14 "own local conditions"

248-a-07-(Ebonie Davis, Chicago resident, in AP interview)-"it's so cold"-Ebonie Davis says even for Chicago it is ridiculously cold. (Daytime temperatures in Chicago on Monday were in the single digits) (27 Jan 2014)

<<CUT *248 (01/27/14)££ 00:07 "it's so cold"

249-a-02-(Ebonie Davis, Chicago resident, in AP interview)-"to be over"-Chicago resident Ebonie Davis says she's had enough of the arctic vortex. (27 Jan 2014)

<<CUT *249 (01/27/14)££ 00:02 "to be over"

250-a-16-(Anetha (an-EE'-thah) Brady, Chicago resident, in AP interview)-"know, for spring"-Chicago resident Anetha Brady says she's suffering from weather whiplash. (27 Jan 2014)

<<CUT *250 (01/27/14)££ 00:16 "know, for spring"

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