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BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI) - A major winter storm is about to slam into the east coast and that is causing many flight cancellations in major cities. St. Louis travelers are experiencing some cancellations.

Lambert spokesperson Jeff Lea says so far, about 28 departing flights and 21 arrivals have been cancelled for the entire day today at Lambert. Nationally, the flight tracking service FlightAware.com says more than 4,700 flights have been canceled for today and Saturday ahead of the storm.

Those cancellations stretch from Atlanta to New York.

Several states are declaring states of emergency and blizzard warnings are up for the District of Columbia, New York, and Philadelphia.

Washington D.C. could get hit the hardest. Starting this afternoon into Saturday night, the nation’s capital could see some 30 inches of snow.

American Airlines is going to completely shut down operations in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore on Saturday. The airline is going to start reducing operations in those cities later today. American hopes to start flying again in all of those cities on Sunday.