December 10, 2013 in Nation/World

Cold grips much of U.S.

Joshua Freed Associated Press
 

MINNEAPOLIS – Snow and bitter cold snarled traffic and prompted another 1,650 U.S. flight cancellations on Monday, and tens of thousands of people were still without power after January-like weather barged in a month early.

The storm covered parts of North Texas in ice over the weekend and then moved East. Below-zero temperatures crowned the top of the U.S. from Idaho to Minnesota, where many roads still had an inch-thick plate of ice, polished smooth by traffic and impervious to ice-melting chemicals, making intersections an adventure.

Many travelers wished they were home, and people in homes without power wished they were somewhere else.

Some of the most difficult conditions were in North Texas. More than 22,000 Dallas-area homes and businesses were still without power on Monday, according to electric utility Oncor. That was down from 270,000 on Friday. Dallas students got a snow day.

More than half of the nation’s flight cancellations on Monday were at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, dominated by American Airlines.

About 650 travelers were stranded there Sunday night.

The storm dumped snow through the Mid-Atlantic region. Freezing rain prompted the federal government to allow workers to arrive up to two hours later than normal Monday or take unscheduled leave.

The National Weather Service predicted a second storm for the Mid-Atlantic region, with 5 inches of snow possible Monday night.

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