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Storm to Cause Flight Delays, Cancellations in 19 States

By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
March 6, 2013; 9:59 AM ET
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Spring Breakers beware; a series of storms across the country this week will cause travel nightmares for major flight hubs. Airports in at least 19 states will be directly impacted by severe weather, which will cause ripple effects to other locations waiting for those planes to carry their own passengers.

"Every major hub in the country will be affected in the next few days," said AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity.

As of 7:30 a.m. on March 6, over 1,400 flights have been canceled in the United Sates and an additional 500 have been delayed. While yesterday these flights were being held up in snow-ravaged areas from Minneapolis to Chicago, most notably O'Hare International, Chicago Midway International and Minneapolis/St. Paul International, today the trouble is farther east. Washington-Dulles International, Ronald Reagan National and Baltimore/Washington International are the sites of the most delayed or canceled departures. O'Hare is still reporting a significant amount of canceled arriving flights.

This is already causing delays to be reported in areas that are still relatively clear, such as San Fransisco and Denver, as aircraft needed for their departures will not be arriving from these locations.

Hundreds of flights are being canceled across the country. Photo by Qing Gao

Many of these canceled flights are from major international airports, which can also impact travel on a global level. World-wide delays are have reached 7,000.

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As the storm moved east Tuesday night, conditions began to clear in Minneapolis, but airports in Indianapolis, Cleveland and Cincinnati started slowing down. By Wednesday afternoon, the storm will have a major impact on airports in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., all airports that have an incredibly high flow of traffic.

"Delays in these airports will start in the morning," AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said, "but they will only get worse as the day goes on."

Travel conditions will continue to deteriorate as the storm moves to New England and New York City Wednesday into Thursday, impacting JFK International Airport, Newark and Logan.

Farther south, this same storm system will impact hubs in Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte with heavy thunderstorms and high winds. While there will not be an outbreak of severe thunderstorms, flights paths will still be altered that will contribute to delays.

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