Winter Storms Cancel 4,000 Flights

Jan. 03--Hazardous wintry conditions in the Northeast through the Appalachians have cancelled some 4,000 flights into and across the U.S. yesterday and today. Those cancellations include more than two dozen running through the Palm Beach International Airport and dozens more into and out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport this morning.

Shortly after 6 a.m., snow closed one of the nation's busiest airports, John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. Weather reports there indicate it's snowing and 12 degrees. The state is under a blizzard warning, with 8 inches to 12 inches of snow expected. Still, the Federal Aviation Administration anticipated that airport would re-open at 10:00 a.m.

That closure resulted in several cancelled arrivals into PBI. Multiple arrivals from Cleveland, Boston and LaGuardia in New York also were cancelled, as were many departures from West Palm Beach to those cities.

Air travel began taking a hit yesterday as the bad weather moved in. Some 2,367 flights were reported cancelled Thursday by the aviation tracker At 9:30 a.m., 1,748 more had been recorded. The airport in Fort Lauderdale reported 155 delays and 103 cancelled flights over the two-day period.

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