Minnesota travelers facing airport delays due to wintry weather elsewhere


A blizzard that walloped Chicago before moving to the northeast is snagging the nation's air travel system.

More than 1,300 flights were canceled at O'Hare International and more than 300 were canceled at Midway International Sunday afternoon. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported numerous flights at its Mitchell International Airport are also canceled.

As a result, flights in and out of airports in Minnesota are feeling the impact.

“The air system is all inter-connected, so when there’s a major event somewhere in the country, it ends up having a domino effect,” Amanda Greene Guentzel, spokesperson at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, told WCCO.

She encourages anyone with travel plans on Monday to call ahead to see if their flight has been delayed.

KSTP reported members of the Kennesaw State University track team from Marietta, Georgia, had to sleep in Terminal 2. Their flight to Chicago was canceled as they tried to get back to Atlanta.

In Duluth Northland's NewsCenter reported that as of Sunday evening, three flights coming or going from the airport in Duluth had been cancelled.

USA Today reports flights in and out of Detroit and Cleveland have been cancelled and delayed.

"The cancellation totals also began to mount at New York City's delay-prone airports, with more than 110 cancellations at Newark and nearly as many at JFK and LaGuardia," the newspaper noted.

The Associated Press adds that the wintry storms are taking a toll at Phoenix's main airport, where the busiest day ever is anticipated on Monday. The Transportation Security Administration says about 80,000 passengers are expected to depart, twice the normal amount for an average day.

In the hours before the big game Sunday, dense fog in Phoenix caused numerous delays and cancellations.

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