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Thousands of flights were canceled when winter weather hit both beaches



  snow plan Reuters / Christian Hartmann
  • Winter weather caused flight delays and cancellations on both US coasts Tuesday.
  • More than 2,000 flights were canceled and another 500 delayed in Seattle, New York, Chicago, Toronto and much more.
  • Many airlines had issued travel deviations for the airports concerned. Check with your operator if you are flying today.

More than 2,000 flights were canceled and another 5,000 were delayed over the US on Tuesday when the winter weather reached wide beaches in the country, according to data from FlightAware.

Flight breaks occurred on both beaches, with a majority of the problems happening in New York, Boston, Chicago, Seattle and Toronto. The number of delays and cancellations is likely to cascade as winter storm Maya traces east from the Midwest to the middle Atlantic and northeast.

  Winter Weather Map Weather Channel

The weather for national weather was warning of several storm systems Tuesday morning that caused dangerous travel conditions around the great lakes, the northeast and the west coast.

"The potential exists for 6 to 12 inches of snow from northern Wisconsin to northern Michigan and even higher amounts of upstate New York and northern New England by 12 to 18 inches possible," the agency said on its website.

"A corridor of freezing rain is likely south of the heavy snow axis, which extends from central Appalachians to southern New England, and also to southern Michigan."

  Departure Card LaGuardia Departure and Arrival Boards at LaGuardia Airport in New York were painted with red cancellations and delays. Grah am Rapier / Business Insider

In addition to the free weather, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico causes great rainfall and the potential for flooding in the Appalachians, NWS said.

At Chicago's Hare Airport, a major hub for United Airlines, flights were delayed by an average of 90 minutes, the Federal Aviation Administration said. In Minneapolis and Detroit, the average was delayed 43 minutes at 9:30 am.

Further north in Canada, at the Toronto Person International, departure delays had topped four hours due to snow and ice.

Many airlines have canceled their booking change policies to accommodate the weather.

If you fly on Tuesday, be sure to check with your airline for specific policies and a list of affected airports.

"Here is another statistic that sets this month apart," the Seattle section of the NWS tweeted . "Including all months dating back to 1894, it has only been 5 months (including this one) where 6+ inch snowfall occurred twice during the same month."


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