Airlines cancel 600+ flights ahead of winter storm as Northeast prepares for heavy snow

Airlines have already canceled upward of 600 U.S. flights and delayed another 168 as the Northeast and mid-Atlantic prepare for what is being forecast as the biggest winter storm in years, which threatens to dump up to 2 feet of snow on some areas. 

The National Weather Service said: “A widespread swath of heavy, wet snow is likely from the central Appalachians and interior Mid-Atlantic into portions of the Northeast and southern New England. Freezing rain and ice are also likely in western North Carolina and southwest Virginia. Travel is not recommended.” 

The weather service posted winter storm warnings, watches and advisories all the way from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, down to northeastern Georgia, a distance of more than 850 miles.

Cities like New York, Boston and Philadelphia are expected to see up to a foot, so it’s not surprising to see those cities’ airports with many of the U.S. flight cancellations at flight-tracking website FlightAware.com.

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