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Pace of flight cancellations quickens in Upstate NY as snowstorm approaches

Pace of flight cancellations quickens in Upstate NY as snowstorm approaches

American Airlines, along with its regional partners, canceled more than 450 flights Monday and 1,450 flights Tuesday, the airline said.

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a winter weather advisory for Pittsburgh, with 3 to 6 inches of snow expected after 8 p.m. Monday. Some school systems, including New York City, also aren't planning to open Tuesday.

The storm dumped 2 feet of snow in some places.

A blizzard warning now covers much of the tri-state area, expanding to include New Jersey and southern CT in addition to the five boroughs and Nassau County, as a major snow storm barrels toward the region.

As the morning wore on, the storm track shifted slightly and snow switched to sleet in Philadelphia and NY.

Thousands of people across the country will experience similar travel woes as airlines and airports prepare for Winter Storm Stella, which is expected to dump almost two feet of snow and bring heavy winds throughout the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, late Monday through Tuesday.

Southwest Airlines, which carries more domestic passengers than any other airline, doesn't expect to operate any flights Tuesday out of 14 airports stretching from Washington, D.C., to Portland, Maine.


The storm came just days after the region saw temperatures climb into the 60s, and less than a week before the official start of spring.

That led German Chancellor Angela Merkel to postpone her trip to Washington for her first face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump.

The storm also changed plans for some teams competing in the NCAA tournament: Villanova, the top overall seed in the men's tournament, left Philadelphia early to get ahead of the storm.

As the East Coast prepared, the Midwest was hit with snow, forcing a number of flight cancellations.

Philadelphia and New York City got anywhere from a few inches of snow to around half a foot before it switched over to sleet. So far, flights in and out of sunny Southern California are mostly on track.

More than 600 electric company crews in have been working to restore power to more than 65,000 customers who lost power at the height of the storm. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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