NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The worst of the cold is almost over but those extreme temperatures have already taken a toll on transportation. There have been delays at several major airports and on Monday, Metro-North is warning customers to expect delays.
Metro-North is giving passengers a heads up that they could find more of what they encountered this weekend.
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Those bitter cold temperatures had an effect on infrastructure and equipment. As a result, trains were delayed this weekend. At times, only a single track could be used for both directions. As the commute gets underway Monday morning we will have to see if that continues.
It was not just train travelers, but folks taking planes were having trouble, too. At New York’s JFK airport, a water main break flooded one of the terminals, and that was after many flights were delayed due to weather. Passengers waiting for flights were sleeping in the check in areas. Arriving passengers had to wait on planes on the tarmac for hours, and then waited even longer for their luggage.
“Real questions needed to be asked about were where were their contingency plans, why did the contingency plans fail, why was JFK not able to deal with these cascading failures as the storm went on,” said Steve Ganyard, ABC News’ Aviation Analyst.
Boston’s Logan Airport remained dry, but the delays were just as bad. More than 280 flights were delayed there with 37 cancelled altogether. Angry, frustrated travelers inundated the ticket counters there trying to get where they are going. Many just trying to escape these temperatures.
It’s not as cold, but still uncomfortable for any Metro-North commuters left waiting on the platform Monday morning. We will keep monitoring these delays for you as the morning goes on.