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Arctic blasts canceling local flights again

BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel

The icy temperatures this winter seem to have become a pattern here in Southeast Texas, but these temperatures are far from normal.

Icy conditions in North Texas are once again cancelling flights here at the Jack Brooks Airport.

The abnormal temperatures are some we haven't seen in decades.

"It's a little bit inconvenient, a little bit frustrating," Bridgett Hallembeck a traveler from Dallas says. 

A frustration of cold icy temperatures, that hasn't missed much of any Southern region this winter.

"It's all of Texas, it's Arkansas, it's Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, the entire Southeast, central Southern and whole Southeast U.S." Meteorologist Kerry Cooper says.

Cooper says it's been exactly 25 years since temperatures dipped this cold.

"We're in March now, we're dealing with one of the coldest air masses coming in tonight, tomorrow that we've seen probably in about a month," Cooper said.

Due to the frequent freezes this season, travelers say it's becoming habit.

"I travel a lot for my job and if you travel a lot, it comes with the package, there's something that are avoidable when it comes to weather you can almost see it coming," Hallambeck says. 

Cooper says it is predictable, but not a sign of global warming.

"I think it's just a cycle the earth goes through ever so often, you look back at temperatures in the 1900, the earth always goes through cycles, it always will," Cooper said. 

Travelers say no matter what the reason is for these arctic blasts, they're ready for it to be over with.

"It's weather, what can you do? Roll with the punches," Hallambeck says.

Punches from mother nature that will hopefully bring the last freeze.

"I think this will be the last real cold spell we have, now we'll have some more cold fronts over the next couple of weeks, but nothing of this magnitude," Cooper says. 

Cooper wants to remind everyone, it's still technically Winter, Spring doesn't begin until March 22.

Until then, he's predicting this is the last of the frigid arctic blasts.

 

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