- Parts of the East Coast from Virginia to New York could get a quarter inch of ice
- More than 3,700 flights have been canceled Sunday and Monday
- “The apocalypse has started,” one Texan says
- At least 7 people have died in storm-related incidents, mostly traffic crashes
(CNN) — As Texas begins to thaw from its bizarre deep freeze, East Coast states more accustomed to ice could see a lot of it Monday.
“The greatest area of concern is in central Virginia to southeast New York, where freezing rain is possible,” the National Weather Service said. Some parts may see up to a quarter of an inch of ice before temperatures rise late Monday morning and the storm system leaves.
And across the country, stranded travelers are now living at airports as the nasty wintry weather has canceled thousands of flights.
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More than 2,600 flights were canceled Sunday, and another 1,000 were nixed for Monday, according to the website Flightaware.com, which tracks both mechanical and weather cancellations.
Canadian James Archibald has lived at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport for four days. More than 1,100 flights to or from the airport were canceled over the weekend, and more than 700 more are canceled for Monday.
“I just don’t understand why they can’t get the ice off the runway. You know, I’m from Canada. We get 4 to 5 feet of snow on the runway. Plows go by,” Archibald said. “I know it’s for our own safety, but its getting a bit silly.”
Airport workers provided food to stranded travelers and even brought in jugglers and balloon artists to try to lift spirits.
But that brought little relief to a stranded newlywed couple from Tokyo. Instead of lying on a beach in Mexico, they’re spending their honeymoon sleeping on airport chairs in North Texas.
The storm that froze the South has also been deadly. At least seven people have died in storm-related incidents in Texas, Arkansas and New Mexico since Thursday, officials said. Most were involved in traffic crashes.
In Arizona, a Saturday night snowstorm stranded 300 vehicles along Interstate 15. Rigs jackknifed and passenger cars slid into rigs, causing chain-reaction crashes and an enormous backup, Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer Bart Graves said.
Authorities shut the interstate for more than 12 hours to clear the road.
“We had travelers running out of gas. They provided them food, water, and blankets,” Graves said.
Some residents in the Dallas suburb of Plano had to deal with an unusual danger: sheets of ice cascading from buildings to the sidewalks and streets.
“The apocalypse has started,” one man said shortly before layers of ice fell onto cars.
Temperatures are expected to rise Monday in Texas, which could help move the countless passengers trying to get through DFW airport.
But large swaths of the West and northern Plains will struggle to rise above 20 degrees Monday and Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.
And while the Gulf Coast and Southeast will be spared the frigid temperatures and ice Monday, many areas will get pummeled with heavy rain.
All this with 12 days left to go until the official start of winter.
CNN’s Dave Alsup and Emily Minner contributed to this report.