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January 29, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Thousands of U.S. flights snarled by latest big storm

Atlanta's roads, like its airport, are snarled. Traffic was  at a standstill on one side of a freeway Wednesday morning while the other side was a sheet of ice.  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray)

Atlanta’s roads, like its airport, are snarled. Traffic was at a standstill on one side of a freeway Wednesday morning while the other side was a sheet of ice. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray)

Atlanta’s airport – one of the busiest in the world – has extensive flight delays Wednesday after the winter storm that hammered the South with rare snow and ice.

And Atlanta’s woes are rebounding through the U.S. air-travel system since it’s a busy national and international hub. Already almost 2,000 flights have been canceled Wednesday within or to/from the U.S., with more than 2,400 flights delayed, said FlightAware, an online air-travel monitoring website.

Flights headed for Atlanta’s William B.  Hartsfield International Airport have been held at their departure airports for an average of six hours and 22 minutes, said the FAA.  Many flights leaving Atlanta have been canceled Wednesday, and travelers and airline crews were struggling to get to the airport given the icy gridlock on Atlanta-area roads where some  drivers were stranded overnight.

From Seattle, flights departing Wednesday afternoon for Atlanta have been delayed by at least an hour; doublecheck with airlines.

So far this month well over 30,000 flights have been canceled because of winter weather in the Midwest, East Coast and now the deep South.

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