Winter weather is making Dallas travel miserable

Winter weather is making Dallas travel miserable



Crews spray deicing solution onto an American Airlines 737 before departure at Dallas-Fort Worth International airport in 2013.

Image: Brandon Wade/Associated Press

Winter weather hit Dallas hard on Monday, causing hundreds of flight cancellations and closing schools and roads.

More than half the scheduled flights — about 550 — at Dallas-Fort Worth airport were canceled Monday, as well as a third of the flights at Dallas Love Field, according to FlightAware.

The winter storm is dropping up to two inches of sleet, with some freezing rain thrown into the mix, on the Dallas-Fort Worth area through 6 p.m. CT on Monday. Temperatures in the low 20s are ensuring that the sleet accumulates on roadways, runways and taxiways, making conditions extremely slick. Those conditions forced airlines to cancel the flights, DFW Public Affairs Senior Manager David Magaña said.

Travelers at Dallas airports posted photos of icy runways as they waited — hopeful — for remaining flights.

At other airports around the country, flights to Dallas were either canceled or delayed. Most major airlines have waived change fees.

Dallas-Fort Worth is a hub for American Airlines, which is waiving change fees for passengers scheduled to travel on Monday. Virgin America is allowing customers to change tickets without fees for dates through March 1. Travelers should check with their airline on their flight status and available options.

Temperatures are not expected to rise above the freezing point until Tuesday afternoon. The storm has a broad reach, bringing snow, sleet and freezing rain to areas from Colorado to Arkansas.

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As of 9 a.m. Monday local time, FlightAware was reporting 555 cancelations at Dallas-Fort Worth and 64 at Dallas Love Field.


FlightAware’s Misery Map

But some travelers were taking the delays and closures in stride.

Additional reporting by Andrew Freedman.

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