Weather

Winter storm to freeze the South; affect air travel

 

priley@miamiherald.com

A few weeks ago a winter storm cooled down the Southeast United States and caused major logistical problems for cities such as Atlanta.

Now, the South gets a do-over with another major storm heading its way.

On Tuesday, the National Weather Service posted a winter storm warning for Northern Alabama, Northern and Central Georgia and the Carolinas.

Ice, sleet and snow are projected to affect the Southeast up until Thursday morning, said meteorologist Andrew Kennedy from the National Weather Service in Miami-Dade.

The storm is then expected to move north.

“The hardest hit for ice will be South Carolina,” Kennedy said.

It’s impact on South Florida’s weather is expected to be minimal.

Temperatures will start to fall below freezing Tuesday after midnight with rain and sleet expected to set in at the same time.

Although the expected snowfall for Atlanta and its surrounding areas is only one to two inches, the ice underneath could make things worse, said meteorologist Matt Sena from the weather service in Peachtree City, Ga.

This could mean trouble for travelers.

Atlanta, one of the largest airports in the world and the hub for Delta Airlines, and Charlotte, the hub of U.S. Airways, are primarily impacted, said Greg Meyer from the Broward County Aviation Department.

“There are others, but those are the worst,” Meyer said.

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta had over 400 canceled flights and Charlotte/Douglas International Airport close to 300 Tuesday afternoon, according to the online flight-tracking service FlightAware.

So far, however, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Miami International Airport have not felt the storm’s wrath.

Fort Lauderdale had 32 delays and 12 cancellations while Miami reported only one delayed flight and 12 cancellations Tuesday afternoon.

As always when adverse weather is involved officials advise travelers to check with their airlines before coming to the airport.

“Really the best thing to do is to stay in touch with your airline,” Meyer said.

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