Wintry weather setting back holiday travel plans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With a rare Christmas snowfall descending on the Southeast and likely headed for the Mid-Atlantic, airlines canceled hundreds of flights and urged travelers to rethink their plans, while travel authorities warned of potentially dangerous roads.
After blanketing parts of the Midwest and hampering motorists there on Christmas Eve, the storm dipped south late Friday. Winter weather advisories were in effect Friday night from Missouri to West Virginia and from Iowa and Illinois down to Georgia and the Carolinas.
The wintry weather is the result of a low pressure system moving along the Gulf coast. It is expected to intensify and move northeast on Sunday to the mid-Atlantic states and New England. Delta Air Lines has already canceled 500 flights nationwide due to the weather, including 300 scheduled departures from the Atlanta hub.