Beacon Journal staff report
- Doctors urge caution as thermometer drops
- Ohioans suffer through second day of cold blast
- Area closings and delays
- Warming centers, other facilities open during cold spell
- Line rupture spills water on roads in Ohio capital
- Frigid temperatures, dangerous wind chill force numerous cancellations
- Homeless shelter prepares for rise in clients as temperatures drop
- Construction industry adjusts to cold conditions
- Stow providing shelter for residents without heat
- U.S. power grid operator urges electricity conservation due to cold weather demand
- Dominion East Ohio Gas asks western Ohio customers to conserve
- Cleveland casino to reopen Tuesday afternoon
- AAA flooded with calls from stranded motorists
- How to prevent and deal with frozen pipes
- Cold weather could extend holiday break for schools
- Weather leads Ohio Senate panel to cancel meeting
- Wind chill warning expires across region Wednesday
- Polar freeze settles over South, East
- Amid cold, students get early entry to Ohio State-Michigan State basketball game
- Jan. 25, 1985, was Ohio record for wind chill with readings of 70 to 80 degrees below zero
- Cold leaves snowy TV reception for some Time Warner customers
- Frigid temperatures break records in Akron area
- Utilities urge customers to cut back on electricity and natural gas use
The cold weather took its toll on flights at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and has had a more limited impact at Akron-Canton Airport.
The cancellations were not due to weather conditions in Northeast Ohio, but in other parts of the country that were experiencing the cold and snow, including Chicago, New York and Detroit, airport officials said.
At Hopkins, a little more than 200 flights were cancelled on Tuesday, about the same number as Monday, said airport spokeswoman Jackie Mayo.
The flights were pre-canceled, many before the storms and cold fronts hit, by the airlines, said Mayo.
The airlines began pulling down flights and delaying flights where the bad weather was expected, said Mayo.
“It’s a giant ripple effect,” she said.
While several airlines had delays and cancellations, the majority of the flights canceled at Hopkins were by United since the airport is a hub, Mayo said.
Hopkins was running at about 70 percent of normal capacity on Tuesday, Mayo said, mostly to destinations that are not affected by the frigid weather.
Mayo said because the cancellations were before flights took off and because travelers have alerts and can check on flights, there were very few travelers stranded at the airport.
At Akron-Canton Airport, the airlines were operating at about 90 percent capacity, said spokeswoman Kristie Van Auken.
Van Auken said the delays and cancellations have been small, “which I think is really great, in spite of the weather.”
Van Auken said most of the flights canceled or delayed have been United flights going to Chicago.
“Its a system wide issue,” she said.
The planes that have been taking off have been de-iced and prepared and planes these days are designed to be cold-weather machines, she said.
“They’re flying up at 50,000 feet — it’s cold up there. The airplanes themselves are pretty hearty. Thankfully, our airline operations crews are also hearty,” she said. “It’s definitely a cold, miserable job.”