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Terrible Tarmac: 14 Photos of Seriously Frozen Airports

January 6, 2014 at 4:09 PM | by | ()

A Delta Connection regional jet gets shovelled out after sliding off the runway yesterday at JFK Airport

Trying to fly somewhere today in the United States? It's going to be rough, no matter your destination, thanks to Mother Nature's mood swings and record low temperatures with record high snowfalls at a list of major airports. Even if there's no cold weather cities on your itinerary, keep in mind that air crew have to be able to get to the airport to work and the airplane for your flight usually has to fly in from somewhere else, and that somewhere else could be one of locations crippled by mass delays and cancellations.

This isn't negativity, but reality. Snowfall in the Midwest tops 12" with polar wind chill, rain mixed with icy gusts has created extremely hazardous icing conditions on the east coast, and Denver is just...Denver in the winter.

At 1pm EST today, JetBlue made the decision to stop all of their flights into or out of JFK, LaGuardia, Boston and Newark airports until at least 10am Tuesday. 300 flights are affected, but that's a smidgeon compared to the total 4,100+ flight cancellations and 11,000 delays today alone. [*FlightAware]

We were even scheduled today to fly between the two worst areas—Detroit to New York—and although our flight showed an "on time" status up until two hours before departure, we gave up on even attempting to drive to the airport (the interstate was closed, regardless) and sat tight at home instead. When the flight cancellation did arrive, we were thankful to not be stuck at the airport. This is one major reason it pays for an airline to give as much advance notice as possible—to keep travelers safe and sound with wiggle room for backup plans.

Still wondering if your flight is on time? Have a look at these photos:

[Photos: @umar_gulz, @JetBlue, @enpdad, @N20904, @BostonGlobe, @lyssnyss]

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