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Expected Blizzard In Northeast US Canceling Flights In Austin
Airlines have canceled hundreds of flights, including a dozen in Austin, because of an impending blizzard hitting the US Northeast.
The major U.S. airlines plan to quit flying in the New York-area airports, Boston and other big Northeastern airports on Friday afternoon. They're hoping to resume flights on Saturday.
Flight-tracking website FlightAware says airlines have canceled 3,400 flights on Friday and Saturday in advance of a storm threatening to dump snow by the foot onto the Northeast.
Many travelers were steering clear of that part of the country altogether. Airlines were waiving the usual fees to change tickets.
Airlines try to get ahead of big storms by canceling flights in advance rather than crossing their fingers that they can operate in bad weather.
Amtrak says its Northeast trains will stop running this afternoon.
Wind gusts could reach 75 miles an hour, and widespread power outages are expected. Coastal areas that saw flooding from Superstorm Sandy could again be inundated.
The snow has already begun in some areas, with the heaviest amounts falling at night and into tomorrow.
In New England, it could prove to be among the top 10 snowstorms in history. Boston could get up to 3 feet of snow, while New York City was expecting 10 to 14 inches. To the south, Philadelphia was looking at a possible 2 to 5 inches.
Go to the ABIA website to check on the status of flights.