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BRIDGETON, Mo. – The huge winter storm in the northeast is causing flights to be canceled across the United States, including those in and out of St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

More than 50 flights were canceled Thursday, split almost evenly between departures and arrivals. That represents about 10 percent of the daily flights in and out of St. Louis Airport.

Airport spokesman Jeff Lea said some airlines announced cancellations or delays Wednesday as they anticipated the storm. More than 3,700 flights were canceled across the country.

East coast airports were hardest hit. The Lambert departure and arrival board showed cancellations from JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports in the New York area, as well as Logan International in Boston, and Philadelphia International Airport.

Lea said more cancellations are expected for the rest of the week.

“We could see much of the same thing as we did today, tomorrow, and maybe even on Saturday,” Lea said, “and it’s good to remind the folks that it takes a good 24 to 48 hours even after a storm for airlines to get their flights back into those destinations to try to find space and seats for all those passengers that were delayed or canceled and they can get them to their destination, so we should see the impact here for several more days.”

And it’s not just east coast destinations from St. Louis that will be affected. Lea said many flights to other cities could be canceled or delayed because of the ripple effect throughout the air travel system.

Your best advice is to check with your airline before heading to the airport.

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