Cold weather causing transportation issues in Tucson

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- It isn't often that weather in other parts of the country has a dramatic effect on the Tucson International Airport, but that was the case Tuesday.

Most flights headed out of the Old Pueblo to Dallas, Chicago and other locations were canceled Tuesday because of the dangerous blizzard.

"Just happen that the airline that i like to flight goes through Dallas and the weather its bad in Dallas today so, it's just life," said passenger Scott Nolte.

"We had planned this trip for months and it's canceled," said passenger Olivia Jaime.

The storm is bringing dangerous ice and blowing snow across a 2,000 mile reach. That's about a third of the nation. Some spots will get up to two feet of snow.   Roads and airports are closed from Texas to Rhode Island.

With city bracing for some cold weather,  Tuesday city road crews got a jump on expected icy conditions Wednesday.

They initiated operation deep freeze. City trucks sprayed magnesium chloride on bridges around the city.

"So if we don't spry the bridges nobody can get into town and TPD would have to shut down the bridges," said Jim Payne of the City of Tucson.

Approximately 70 bridges will be monitored overnight to make sure ice doesn't form on them.