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Rising TSA Sickouts, Winter Storm Combine for U.S. Travel Mess

A one-two punch of bad climate and longer airplane terminal security lines mean it'll keep on being a hopeless end of the week for some travelers in the U.S.

A tempest that the National Weather Service says is moving from the Midwest into the Northeast may surrender over to two feet of snow. Solid windy breezes and unpleasant cold will pursue,risking a dangerous flash freeze. In the West, overwhelming mountain snow will fall in California and the Rocky Mountain area.

President Trump tweeted about the climate around 8 a.m. New York time Sunday. Governors in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York had recently declared states of emergency.

Delta Air Lines Inc., Southwest Airlines Co., American Airlines Group Inc. what's more, JetBlue Airways Corp. postponed rebooking fees this end of the week for travelers disturbed by the storm. As of about noon in New York, 1,544 flights had been canceled in the U.S., the dominant part from Boston, New York and Chicago, as per FlightAware, a Houston-based airline tracking service. Another 989 had been deferred. JetBlue had canceled 42 percent of their flights.

Meanwhile, unscheduled absences for Transportation Security Administration employees climbed to 8 percent on Saturday versus 3 percent a year ago -- the highest level seen so far during the shutdown. Some workers said they aren?t able to report to work due to financial limitations, TSA said in a statement this morning. Though the workers are furloughed because of the U.S. government shutdown, they?re still required to work without pay.

One security checkpoint at Baltimore-Washington International Airport closed early on Saturday due to ?excessive callouts,? the TSA said on Twitter. Passengers were advised to arrive earlier than usual for evening flights.

Temperatures expected in the Kansas City region on Sunday - where the Chiefs will play the New England Patriots in an AFC Championship game - are required to be as low as 17 degrees Fahrenheit (- 5 Celsius).

AccuWeather cautioned that the polar plunge of ruthless cold could be life-threatening in areas and complicate travel and cleanup efforts from the storm