Pace of flight cancellations quickens in Upstate NY as snowstorm approaches

A Condor flight made an emergency landing in St. Louis

Forecasters put the U.S. East Coast from New York City to Boston on blizzard warning starting as early as Monday night, with authorities advising residents to prepare for the possibility of widespread power outages, road closures and flight disruptions. It scaled back those predictions on Tuesday for places such as New York City, which was due to get between 4 and 8 inches (10 and 20 cm).

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.

According to the airline-tracking website FlightAware, more than 5,000 Tuesday flights have been canceled.

Most of Wednesday's cancellations are morning flights. Flights to or from Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boston, New York City, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Newark, Toronto and Philadelphia were among those canceled. Big cities like Philadelphia and NY didn;t get the large snow totals that were expected. Some school systems, including New York City, also aren't planning to open Tuesday.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said about 700 National Guard members would be deployed along with more than 2,000 snowplows to keep up with the storm. "It's obviously going to be the biggest event we've had this season and people need to be prepared".

The cancelations at the Buffalo airport are among the thousands of flights in the Northeast that have been canceled ahead of Tuesday's snowstorm.

Airline passengers stand in line as they wait to rebook their canceled flights at the American Airlines counter at Miami International Airport on Monday, March 13, 2017.

In the nation's capital, non-essential federal employees were given the option of reporting three hours late, taking the day off or working from home.

Long Beach Airport and Ontario California International Airport did not see any storm-related cancellations as of 3 p.m. Monday.

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

All JetBlue, United, and Southwest flights have been canceled.

As much as 30 inches of snow fell in Damascus, Pennsylvania, and more than a foot fell in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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