Pace of flight cancellations quickens in Upstate NY as snowstorm approaches

At least 12 flights at Louisville International Airport were canceled Monday as a late-season snowstorm snarled travel in the Midwest and Northeastern United States.

At Rochester's airport, an additional 43 flights have been canceled on Tuesday and Wednesday in anticipation of the coming storm.

The airports serving New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston and Baltimore are all likely to see major schedule disruptions if forecasts are accurate. "We are advising travelers to check with their airline for flight status", JWA airline spokesperson Deanne Thompson said.

American Airlines and its American Eagle contractor Envoy Air together had canceled more than 300 flights Monday and 700 on Tuesday. As of 9:30 a.m. ET, more than 1,600 flights were canceled nationwide, according to the flight-tracking site FlightAware.

As of 4:30pm, AAA reported nearly 4,500 flights were already canceled in anticipation of the storm and that number is expected to rise.

Mostly departures to Chicago and NY have either been delayed or cancelled by the nasty weather.

Kendra and her friends don't want to miss the party, so they rented a auto to drive to Charlotte, hoping to get as far south as possible before the storm hits.

All of the major airlines are waiving change fees for customers ticketed to fly to or from airports from the mid-Atlantic to northern New England through Wednesday.

If you've got a flight scheduled for the Northeast, keep in touch with your airline. Southwest has chose to not operate at all tomorrow, and American Airlines says it won't start operation until sometime after 5 p.m. The nor'easter comes a week after the region saw temperatures climb into the 60s. If you snagged a sale and were planning on flying from Chicago to St. Louis for $70, though, paying $100 to change your flight just adds insult to injury.

  • Zachary Reyes