The dangerously frosty temperatures and gusty winds which are expected to engulf parts of the Northeast and Midwest United States today and tomorrow, have forced the cancellation of Jetblue flight 1261, which was scheduled to arrive in Barbados just after 1 p.m. today.
The 162-seater airbus was scheduled to depart the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York just after eight this morning.
Close to 4,000 flights across the US were cancelled on Thursday after a major snowstorm left roadways blocked and thousands of power outages along the East Coast.
The storm is expected to continue into the weekend and could affect scores more flights.
When contacted by Barbados TODAY Jetblue confirmed that the cancellation of today’s flight to the island was as a result of the storm.
In a prepared statement the airline said its operations across the US had resumed today with some delays and cancellations as airports continue to dig out from the storm.
“With challenging weather conditions like strong winds, below freezing temperatures, and blowing snow continuing to impact operations, we encourage customers to check the status of their flights prior to travelling. We are also adding extra flights to support displaced customers where we can,” it said.
The airline said it was working to assist impacted customer with rescheduling or refunds. Customers with scheduled flights through impacted cities are able to have their change fees waved as well as the differences in airfare for rebooking.
Temperatures are expected to plunge below zero tonight with wind chills making it feeling even colder.
The vicious cold comes after what forecasters are calling a “bomb cyclone”, dumped more than a foot of snow across eight states, affecting millions. While the storm has moved away strong winds remain in the Northeast US.
The storm could force thousands of people to leave the US and seek warmer temperatures.