Cubsrule wrote:luckyone wrote:joeblow10 wrote:Seems to me this is the equivalent of those t-storms (or the power outage...) at ATL several years back, but now it’s really hitting AA. 49% of MQ ops canceled on the day and 28% of AA mainline... it’s a mess, crews out of place everywhere, they’ve already canceled my flight into DFW on Wednesday afternoon. I imagine it’ll take a week or more for them to right the ship. I can’t imagine the kind of mess it would be if COVID weren’t going on
UA isn’t in great shape with IAH and ORD getting slammed today too...
ORD though is equipped for and accustomed to such weather, even if the magnitude is high. It's one of the things I really admire about Midwesterners--they're resilient because they have to be, and you learn what really and truly is a problem and what you can live with when you know how. This year reminds me of the winter of 2013-2014. It started snowing around Halloween and more or less snowed once or twice a week until mid April, with significant accumulation and many days in a row of heavy snow. ORD will likely be up and running shortly after the snow stops falling. IAH will probably take a little longer just because of course this happens so rarely in Houston.
Did DFW and IAH get ice or snow? Ice is quite a bit more disruptive, especially when followed by temperatures that drop low enough that salt is ineffective. I've lived both in the snow belt and in the ice belt. The likes of BNA, MEM, and SDF deal with snow just about as well as places that get a lot of snow. The last time we had 6+ inches of snow in Nashville, essentially everything was plowed and up and running within about 24 hours. Ice is a very, very different beast because it isn't really plowable.
IAH got ice and freezing rain followed by maybe an inch of snow. It started raining Sunday night and then turned into freezing rain and then finally a little snow Monday morning. Roads have been slowly reopening but the city is shut down for all intents and purposes since it's only now really gotten above freezing for any extended period of time.
I believe DFW just got snow the entire time (please correct if this is not the case) while AUS and SAT got significant amounts of both ice and snow (4-6 inches apiece).