Vice President Biden’s plane diverts to Miami to wait out blizzard

PUBLISHED Sat, January 23, 2016 - 10:07pm EST
Credit: Daniel Schwen

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, who are returning to the United States after a trip to Europe, are diverting to comfortable temperatures in Florida to wait for the weather in Washington to improve. (more)

The White House said in a schedule update that Air Force Two would land in Miami, where temperatures reached 65 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday. The Bidens left Istanbul on Saturday night local time and are now expected to land in Miami on early Sunday.

The vice presidential couple will stay in Florida until weather conditions in Washington, D.C. have sufficiently improved. And Biden is not the only key official to divert away from the capital: Defense Secretary Ash Carter decided earlier on Saturday to fly to Florida instead after attending the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The blizzard that is affecting large parts of the U.S. East Coast has closed most airports in the worst-affected regions, including area airports in Washington, D.C. and New York City. Officials have indicated that some flights may resume on Sunday afternoon, if the weather permits.

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