Flights Canceled Due to Northeastern Winter Storm
Many flights are being either canceled or delayed as a massive Northeastern winter Storm makes its way through the northeastern United States. The listing for March 14 shows that hundreds more flights down the East Coast have also been axed. Most of them are coming from airports in New Jersey, New York City, Boston and the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area.
Meteorologists were predicting snowfall totals as high as 20in (50cm) in New York City from the storm’s start late on Monday through to Tuesday evening. The National Weather Service warned that blizzard conditions of wind gusts over 35mph (56kph) and low visibility would extend from the Philadelphia area to Maine.
Tuesday’s cancellations include roughly hundreds of flights on Southwest Airlines, JetBlue and American Airlines. More cancellations were expected, with Southwest planning to stop almost all of its Northeast flights Tuesday. Other airlines were considering similar moves. Major US airlines will allow ticketed travelers affected by the storm to change their flights without an additional fee.
“The storm will cripple air travel in the Northeast” on Tuesday, with thousands of cancellations, including nearly half of those scheduled for Washington’s National and Dulles airports. Two-thirds of the flights involving Boston and more than 80% of the flights involving Baltimore-Washington and Newark airports according to FlightAware.
“We expect a much worse picture tomorrow as the storm heads east,” FlightAware CEO Daniel Baker said of the flight disruptions Monday in Chicago.
Officials are asking those with travel plans early this week to check with airlines ahead of time to see about possible cancellations or delays.
A state of emergency has been issued in four states across the northeast as Winter Storm Stella is set to slam the area with up to two feet of snow on Monday and Tuesday. Authorities are warning residents across all affected areas to prepare for the possibility of widespread power outages, road closures and flight disruptions.
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