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article imageGusty winds, winter storms snarl holiday travel

By Yukio Strachan     Jan 1, 2012 in Travel
Biting cold temp. Blustery wind. Blowing snow. The devastating winter system knocked out holiday travel, causing delays at airports across North America.
Gutsy winds and drifting snow pushed through Denver and other major cities ahead of the new year, ushering in a blast of winter weather for holiday travelers, Reuters reported.
As if air travel could get any worse. Just add, bringing in the New Year, not at a party with your closest friends, not at home sharing a kiss with your lover, but at an airport, surrounded with other displaced travelers, watching the ball drop on TV, not knowing when you will get home.
One traveler decided to use his frustrution wisely, he made a New Years Resolution."Dont [sic] fly frontier airlines," tweeted Woody Somvichai from the airport, "they canceled my flight after calling a 1 hr delay so I missed countdown and im stuck in denver."
Mr. Somvichai, wasn't alone.
“There were 493 flights that were affected by this delay,” according to a statement from Denver International
Airport.
The graphic below, shows research from flightstats.com, which reveals the larger impact of this weather system on North America for December 31, 2011.
Canceled: 445
Delayed: 3,911
One day.
Earlier on Saturday, Dec 31., at 4pm, Continental Airlines foreshadowed the upcoming evening:
CITIES EXPERIENCING WEATHER DELAYS:
Houston - Fog
Denver - Gusty Winds
Cleveland - Reduced visibility and rain; Low ceilings
Newark - Reduced visibility and rain; Low ceilings
La Guardia - Reduced visibility and rain; Low ceilings
Boston - Reduced visibility and rain; Low ceilings
Los Angeles - Fog; Low ceilings
San Diego - Fog
Chicago - Reduced visibility and rain; Low ceilings; Gusty winds
Canada
In Canada, freezing rain and blowing snow caused delays, where overnight flights to Ottawa, Montreal, New York and Detroit were canceled, 680News reported.
Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team junior defenseman Wade Bergman knows all about this. Being delayed on a flight coming from home in Calgary, Alberta, he was the only player to miss practice on Friday, the Duluth News Tribune reported.
On Friday, freezing rain and dense fog also forced Porter Airlines to cancel numerous flights out of Toronto Island's Billy Bishop Airport .
“Due to weather limitations," read a statement from their website, "all remaining flights departing from Toronto City Airport have been canceled for Friday, December 30.”
According to CTV.ca., Brad Cicero, a company spokesman held out hope, saying arrivals may operate "on a limited basis."
But that hope didn't last too long, as all flights scheduled to depart from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport were eventually canceled on Friday due to the weather.
Those scheduled to fly out Pearson International Airport were also delayed.
While many travelers are angry and frustrated about the weather delays, all in all "safety remained a priority," reports the Huffington Post. "No advertisement of tropical beaches can supplant the image of charred metal scattered across a field."
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