'Once in a generation' winter storm disrupts holiday travel

Customers look at travel board in airport.
(Image credit: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Airlines had canceled or delayed roughly 16,000 flights by Thursday night as nearly 100 million Americans braced for what forecasters described as a "once in a generation" storm, which hit the middle of the country and began dumping snow across the middle of the United States.

Roughly two-thirds of the population is now under a winter weather warning or advisory, and "nearly a million customers are without power across the South, Midwest and the East Coast," The New York Times reports Friday morning.

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Brigid Kennedy

Brigid Kennedy worked at The Week from 2021 to 2023 as a staff writer, junior editor and then story editor, with an interest in U.S. politics, the economy and the music industry.