East coast winter storm means travels delays across country

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BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI) - A major winter storm affecting the Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast is causing numerous flight cancellations across the country. St. Louis travelers are experiencing some cancellations.

As of late Friday afternoon, Lambert- St. Louis Airport reported 34 departing flights and 24 arrivals that were cancelled Friday. Nationally, the flight tracking service FlightAware.com says more than 7,000 flights were canceled for both Friday and Saturday ahead of the storm. Those cancellations stretch from airports in  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 plans to completely shut down operations in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore on Saturday. The airline began reducing operations in those cities late Friday.  American hopes to start flying again in all of those cities on Sunday.

Because of electronic notification, fewer people get stuck or surprised at Lambert if they are from St. Louis. But for other passengers in the middle of their journey, it is a different story. Their trips are being met with unplanned and  unwelcome delays.

 

If there is any good news in this it’s the timing, the snow starting late on a Friday. That means a lot of business travelers were already headed home and beat the worst of the delays and cancellations. That gives the hardest hit airports more time to get back in working order over a weekend.

Taking the train?  Amtrak is operating a modified schedule of services during the impending winter storm.