Thousands of Flights Are Already Canceled Because of Winter Storm Stella

A scene from early February 2017 somewhere near LGA

A scene from early February 2017 somewhere near LGA

Travelers scheduled to fly through airports in the northeastern US and Chicago O'Hare on United Airlines today can rebook without fee (and any difference in fare will be waived) for new flights departing through March 19 from the northeastern USA and March 17 from Chicago.

The National Weather Service reported that the Nor'easter that delivered heavy snows from Washington to ME on Tuesday had weakened and was leaving the region. More than 100 additional Tuesday flights been canceled as of 6 a.m. ET, a figure that was likely to keep growing even though snow totals were falling short of initial estimates in Philadelphia and Washington.

The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.

Airline officials had started preparing for the storm by cancelling flights ahead of time with more than 2,000 flights cancelled for Monday.

Travelers should expect "significant vehicular traffic" at the airports on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as they try to get on rescheduled flights, said officials from the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, the agency that oversees the airports.

Southwest has canceled more than 300 flights for Monday and almost another 900 scheduled for Tuesday, according to FlightAware.

Tuesday, RDU saw nearly half of its approximately 400 daily flights canceled because of the weather elsewhere, RDU spokesman Andrew Sawyer said.

American Airlines canceled all flights into New York's three airports - Newark, LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport - and JetBlue Airways reported extensive cancellations.

"I had to change my flight to an earlier one and get up much earlier this morning, and I'm hoping to get out before the snow flies", said another.

Siegel said several airports, such as Newark, JFK, LaGuardia and Baltimore saw a decline Wednesday in cancellations to the single digits. Federal workers were delayed three hours Tuesday morning, as officials were taking no chances with Stella.

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