Weather ruined the plans of thousands of travelers in South Florida
Many were preparing to travel home or on vacation for the Christmas weekend, but the winter weather caused disruptions at many airports across South Florida.
The coldest weather in months caused hundreds of flights to be delayed or canceled, ruining the plans of many who hoped to get to their destination on time for Christmas Day.
According to the flight tracking site FlightAware, 5,200 national and international flights were canceled over the weekend as the storm swept across the U.S. 2,360 of those were canceled on Saturday, while the remaining were canceled as of Sunday morning. Today, 46 flights were delayed and 21 were canceled at the Miami International Airport, while 88 flights were delayed and 57 were canceled at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
At least 18 people have been killed and a million were left without power after the winter storm swept across the U.S. As a result of the winter storm, lower temperatures were recorded in South Florida as well. Temperatures dropped into the 40s in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
All travelers are advised to check with their airline to confirm that their flight will depart as scheduled if they are aware there is a bad weather forecast for their destination.