Hurricane Sandy disrupting travel

Posted Monday, Oct. 29, 2012  comments  Print Reprints

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Anyone planning travel to the Northeast may have to hold off on those plans for awhile.

The weather impacts of Hurricane Sandy could last into Wednesday or Thursday, making travel by both air and car challenging.

With hurricane-force winds possible from Virginia to Massachusetts and tropical storm-force winds across an even wider swath, getting to the East Coast may be an issue for days. Already, 7,500 flights nationwide have been canceled for Monday and Tuesday, most because of the storm, according to the website FlightAware.

Portions of West Virginia are also under a blizzard warning and portions of Ohio were under high wind warnings with chances of rain through Thursday.

"The storm will probably hold in place until Thursday," said National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis Cavanaugh. "Obviously, it will weaken but the impacts will be coastal storm surge along the East Coast today through tonight. In terms of flash flooding, you could see it Monday night through Wednesday."

While the East Coast endures a pounding, Sandy's impact on North Texas' weather is far more modest.

"Really the only influence is it just keeps us dry," Cavanaugh said.

Temperatures will be climbing back into the 80s by Thursday with the next chance of rain on Sunday. And the area has probably seen the last of 30 degree temperatures for awhile.

But some areas did see freezing temperatures Monday morning. It dropped to 30 degrees in Burleson and Alliance Airport in far north Fort Worth dropped to 32 degrees.

Bill Hanna, (817) -390

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