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Southwest Airlines Cancels Hundreds of Flights as Winter Weather Moves Through North Texas

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The winter weather that hit North Texas on Saturday afternoon forced Southwest Airlines to cancel hundreds of flights over the weekend, the airline said.

According to Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, planners anticipated operational challenges on Sunday as the winter storm moved toward the Eastern seaboard.

Airline representatives said they are working to accommodate customers on the approximately 400 flights canceled as of 9 a.m. on Sunday.

The airline also anticipated additional cancelations later in the day, representatives said.

According to Southwest Airlines, employees at airports already impacted by the storm dealt with challenges brought on by the extreme weather.

The same wintry weather conditions caused 490 cancelations, primarily centered in the Midwest, on Saturday.

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