Travel chaos looms ahead of stormy weekend: More than1,800 flights are canceled and 4,000 delayed

Thousands of travelers have found across the nation as airline staffing themselves stranded shortages and widespread storms have caused more than 1,800 flight cancellations and another 4,000 delays ahead of Easter weekend.

The disruptions come amid a sudden surge in passenger numbers due to dropping COVID-19 infection rates and travel restrictions around the globe.

Many who had planned spring getaways have reported last minute changes, with one traveler even alleging their flight was canceled after they had boarded the pane. Others have complained of cancellations lasting multiple days, cutting their trips so short that they were forced to forgo their vacations altogether.

As of Saturday morning, 1,884 flights had been canceled and another 4,191 delayed, according to flight tracking data from FlightAware, continuing a mid-week trend of major travel disruptions.

Unfortunately, travel experts allege disruption will likely continue into next weekend as an enormous, multi-faceted storm moves across the United States. AccuWeather meteorologists predict the system could result in a five-day stretch of severe weather, producing blizzard conditions from the Rockies to the Great Plains and thunderstorms stretching from the Gulf Coast to Great Lakes.

Despite the storm, industry analysts predict travel chaos will continue throughout the summer due to pandemic-fueled staffing shortages across every major air carrier, CNN Travel reported.

Thousands of travelers have found across the nation as airline staff stranded themselves shortages and widespread storms have caused more than 1,800 flight cancellations and another 4,000 delays

As of Saturday morning, 1,884 flights had been canceled and another 4,191 delayed, according to flight tracking data from FlightAware

As of Saturday morning, 1,884 flights had been canceled and another 4,191 delayed, according to flight tracking data from FlightAware

An enormous, multi-faceted storm traveling across the US could result in a five-day stretch of severe weather, producing blizzard conditions from the Rockies to the Great Plains and thunderstorms stretching from the Gulf Coast to Great Lakes

An enormous, multi-faceted storm traveling across the US could result in a five-day stretch of severe weather, producing blizzard conditions from the Rockies to the Great Plains and thunderstorms stretching from the Gulf Coast to Great Lakes

The US is bracing for more storms cold air out west collides with ‘surging warmth and humid air’ in the eastern states.

Northern California and a large portion of the Pacific Northwest are expected to be hit with mild impacts from the storm once it makes landfall Sunday night.

Area of ​​low-elevation will be hit with rain and showers, while the mountains could see several inches of snow.

Snow showers may occur in the mountains of Southern California from Monday to Tuesday, while San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego are expected to see showers. Meteorologists predict in some communities the rainfall may turn gusty with thunder, lightning and even hail.

Rain and mountain snow in the Southwest is highly unlikely due to the long-term drought, however forecasters allege gusty winds may increase the chances of dust storms and wildfires.

Northern California and a large portion of the Pacific Northwest are expected to be hit with mild impacts from the storm once it makes landfall Sunday night.  Area of ​​low-elevation will be hit with rain and showers, while the mountains could see several inches of snow

Northern California and a large portion of the Pacific Northwest are expected to be hit with mild impacts from the storm once it makes landfall Sunday night. Area of ​​low-elevation will be hit with rain and showers, while the mountains could see several inches of snow

The Rockies and norther Plains regions are expected to take the brunt of the storm system as it rolls through early this week.  If the storm develops to its full potential, some areas will see wind gusts up to 50mph and near-zero visibility for hours

The Rockies and norther Plains regions are expected to take the brunt of the storm system as it rolls through early this week. If the storm develops to its full potential, some areas will see wind gusts up to 50mph and near-zero visibility for hours

The Rockies and norther Plains regions are expected to take the brunt of the storm system as it rolls through early this week.

Areas of higher elevation, including the Wasatch Range in Utah, are expecting heavy snowfall on Monday and Tuesday, while rain is likely to soak valleys in Nevada and western Colorado.

As the system travels out of the Rockies and northeast towards the Great Plains, residents rom central Colorado and Wyoming and southeastern Montana to portions of western Nebraska, the Dakotas and parts of Minnesota are expected to see 1 to 3 feet of snow from Tuesday to Friday .

If the storm develops to its full potential, some areas will see wind gusts up to 50mph and near-zero visibility for hours.

‘Blizzard conditions are likely to unfold as the storm gains strength, snow piles up and winds increase,’ AccuWeather Meteorologist Brandon Buckingham said.

Blizzard conditions, which include high-velocity winds and massive snow drifts, will likely cause road closures and other travel delays.

Meteorologists note that Denver and Fargo are currently outside of the area of ​​heaviest snowfall, however a slight shift in the storm’s track could put either or both cities under a blizzard threat.

Thunderstorms extending from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes are expected from Tuesday to Thursday.  However, forecasters note the clash of air masses across the midwest mid-week may cause highly-changeable weather conditions over relatively short distances

Thunderstorms extending from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes are expected from Tuesday to Thursday. However, forecasters note the clash of air masses across the midwest mid-week may cause highly-changeable weather conditions over relatively short distances

Meteorologists 'numerous disruptions to travel and shipping efforts' as well as 'the potential for power outages as a result of rain, thunderstorms, wind and snow from the unfolding and strengthening storm'

Meteorologists ‘numerous disruptions to travel and shipping efforts’ as well as ‘the potential for power outages as a result of rain, thunderstorms, wind and snow from the unfolding and strengthening storm’

A severe weather outbreak spanning from Monday to Friday is expected in the central states, causing high winds, hail, flash flooding and tornadoes.

Thunderstorms extending from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes are expected from Tuesday to Thursday.

However, forecasters note the clash of air masses across the midwest mid-week may cause highly-changeable weather conditions over relatively short distances.

This means communities roughly 50 to 100 miles apart may experience differing conditions. For example, one may be placed under watches or warnings for severe thunderstorm and tornadoes, while the other may brace for winter storm and blizzard conditions.

Meteorologists say the powerful system may cause damage, such as downed trees, destruction to homes and power outages, as well as travel disruptions.

‘Numerous disruptions to travel and shipping efforts are likely with the potential for power outages as a result of rain, thunderstorms, wind and snow from the unfolding and strengthening storm next week over the middle of the nation,’ Buckingham said.

Meanwhile, travelers across the nation are already experiencing the effects of flight disruptions and have taken to social media to air their frustrations.

‘Once, again, @AmericanAir…you have complicated travel with your delayed and canceled flights, forcing an expensive change with a different carrier to get where we’re going,’ wrote Houston-based journalist Tom Zizka. ‘You’ve done this 4 times in a row!’

Rose Velez-Smith, the VP of Integrated Talent Management at Pitney Bowes, said Delta ruined her family vacation by canceling their flights without any notification at all.

‘@Delta just ruined a family vacation!!! On our way to the airport and flight is canceled. No notification at all. Just found out by checking my APP. Disconnected twice and now NOT taking accountability for the cancellation fees we will incur from hotel!!,’ she wrote.

Travelers across the nation are already experiencing the impacts of flight disruptions and have taken to social media to air their frustrations

Travelers across the nation are already experiencing the impacts of flight disruptions and have taken to social media to air their frustrations

Los Angeles-based real estate agent Jasmine Goode also claims that Delta canceled her flight without any notice.

Another traveler, Twitter user @jarekushner, claims their flight was canceled after passengers had already boarded the plane.

‘@SpiritAirlines is garbage canceled my flight while I was sitting on the plane. No replacement flight for 3 days later,’ @jarekushner wrote. ‘No travel vouchers or food. Sad sad case and horrible airline. They couldn’t locate a pilot for 2 hours and then just canceled no notice.’

The airlines did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

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