Blizzard: Cancellations already stretching into Wednesday

Maxine SotoMar 15, 2017

Inches of snow and blizzard like conditions are expected to hit many states in the Northeastern part of the country on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Flights 1774 and 1280 from Phoenix to NY, which would house passengers on flight 5902 from Guadalajara by Mesa Airlines was canceled.

A look at FlightAware's cancellation listings shows that today, March 13, is already sporting almost 2,400 delays and more than 1,280 cancellations - and it's not even 10 a.m. yet on the East Coast.

In New York, American canceled all Tuesday flights out of John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International airports. Major airlines, including United, American and Southwest, have announced information regarding travel waivers that passengers can use to reschedule their planned travel should their flights be affected.

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At Pittsburgh International Airport, a number of flights have been canceled. It usually leads to a storm "bombing out", according to the Weather Channel, which means dramatic winds, blizzard conditions, intense snowfall, and even lightning.

Forecasters expect the blizzard conditions to last through tonight and say some areas of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and NY could see up to 2 feet of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

Most of the flights grounded were by Southwest Airlines, which has called off 880 scheduled Tuesday departures, which is about 22 percent of its flights for the day, as of 9:20 a.m. Restrictions vary by airline.

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For example, Chicago is the most affected city: 47 per cent of all the flights in and from the city have been disrupted.

Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Melissa Ford said the airline anticipated canceling almost its entire Northeast schedule on Tuesday, according to USA Today.

Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. were also under winter storm warnings. Many flights that were not canceled experienced delays of up to six hours. The details and covered destinations varied by carrier, though they generally allowed customers to make one change to their tickets without paying change fees that typically cost $200 or more.

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