Flights cancelled as deadly snowstorm hits US mid-Atlantic states

A motorist checks his phone after sliding off the road in the snow on December 9, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK - A winter snowstorm blamed for the deaths of at least seven people in road accidents across the US Midwest rolled into the mid-Atlantic states on Sunday (Jan 13), forcing a ground stop at Dulles International Airport and the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

Millions of Americans in 10 states and Washington, DC, were under winter storm warnings as the weather system, which started as rain in Mexico, was forecast to hit a 2,900km swath of the United States from Colorado to the East Coast.

A total of 1,624 flights were cancelled in and out of US airports on Sunday, the bulk of them at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport and Dulles, according to the Flightaware flight-tracking website. A further 3,113 departures were delayed.

"The FAA has implemented a ground stop at Dulles due to the weather, which is impacting both inbound and outbound flights," Dulles airport said on Twitter, referring to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

"Your airline will have the most up-to-date information on any flight impacts. Thank you for your patience."

Several major airlines waived fees for changing or rebooking flights.

On Saturday (Jan 12), four people were killed in Missouri and three in Kansas died in roadway accidents, according to the authorities in both states.

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