Nearly 2,800 flights canceled Monday as winter storm pounds southern US with snow and ice

Airlines have issued yet another round of travel waivers ahead of new winter storms – but this time, they’re not for the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast. They’re for the South and Midwest.

A winter storm began dropping snow and ice and sent temperatures plunging across the southern Plains over the weekend, prompting a power emergency in Texas a day after conditions canceled flights and impacted traffic across large swaths of the U.S.

“This impressive onslaught of wicked wintry weather across much of the Lower 48 is due to the combination of strong Arctic high pressure supplying sub-freezing temperatures and an active storm track escorting waves of precipitation from coast-to-coast,” the National Weather Service explained in its alert.

It predicted between 6-12 inches of snow for a wide swath of the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes regions. Areas south and north of the snow band were expected to see freezing rain and heavy ice, leading to dangerous travel conditions and power outages.

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