ATLANTA (AP/970 WFLA) - As a winter storm with potential to coat the south with ice and snow moves in, nearly 900 flights have been canceled at three of the region's major airports.
Tracking service Flightaware shows that before dawn Tuesday, 894 flights for the day had been canceled into and out of the main airports in Atlanta, Dallas and Charlotte, N.C.
Hartsfield-JacksonAtlantaInternationalAirport, the main hub for delta air lines, led the nation in Tuesday flight cancellations with 368.
Delta is allowing customers expecting to travel through several southeastern cities from Tuesday to Thursday to make free one-time changes to their itineraries. The waiver applies to travelers passing through Atlanta; the Carolinas; Huntsville, Ala.; and Norfolk, Va.
In a rare dire warning, forecasters say a winter storm making its way to the region could be a ``catastrophic event'' for residents across metro Atlanta and much of Georgia.
Forecasters issued the warning Tuesday morning. They say the storm could reach ``historical proportions.''
Many residents already are heeding officials' advice to stay home. Schools are canceled, and Atlanta streets were largely empty during the usually busy morning commute.
Forecasters say widespread outages are possible as ice builds up on trees and power lines. The ice threat is expected to begin in Georgia overnight. as much as 9 inches of snow could fall in parts of north Georgia by Wednesday night.
Teco crews from the TampaBay area are prepared to be in Georgia for up to two weeks to help restore power.
As for the weather in our area, Nicole Carlyle of the National Weather Service in Ruskin says that system will bring the Tampa/St.Pete region rain this week and cooler temps.
“Today, yesterday even, and probably tomorrow as well will… be slightly above normal but then Thursday and Friday will be cooler like I said. Toward the weekend we’ll get back to the normal highs which are normally in the low 70’s this time of year,” Carlyle said.
In spite of all the rain we've had lately, Carlyle says rainfall for the bay area has been a little on the light side for this time of year.
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