A fair number of flights out of both George Bush Intercontinental and Hobby Airports have been canceled today to destinations including Atlanta, Charlotte, Richmond, Charleston and Norfolk as a result of the winter storm that is moving through the southeastern U.S. The cancelations for Atlanta and Charlotte are particularly notable as both are fairly significant hubs for that part of the country. Charlotte is a common connecting hub for points in the Caribbean, for example.
Though no flights have been canceled yet for places like Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and New York, it is possible there could be announcements later in the day as that part of the country prepares for up to 18 inches of show. Of course, airports in the north are better equipped to handle the freezing weather than Georgia and Virginia.
To make matters worse, there is a propane shortage in many of the hardest hit areas. In response, Governor Perry has extended a waiver allowing trucks to long haul propane across the state.
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The good news is that temperatures for much of the southeastern U.S. will see temperatures rise well above freezing on Thursday clearing any ice and snow out quickly. Northeastern states will also see some moderating of temperatures Thursday and despite returning cold weather over the weekend, precipitation should have cleared out. It will be cold, but at least it will be sunny.