Over 2000 Flights Cancelled as Heavy Snow Hits America

by Charlotte Barcham
Philadelphia Airport covered with snow from Winter Storm Orlena

Flights across the North East of America have been cancelled today as a huge snowstorm sweeps through the country causing severe travel disruptions. Yesterday, some airports were even forced to ground all flights as conditions worsened. The storm is on track to hit New York City (NYC) with one of the largest snowfalls in history.

Hazardous Snow Conditions

‘Winter Storm Orlena’ brought John F. Kennedy (JFK), LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports in NYC to a standstill, as all commercial flights on Monday afternoon were cancelled.

New York state Governor, Andrew Cuomo described the storm as “life-threatening” and declared a state of emergency in 44 counties.

Several flights in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Boston and Washington have also been affected as the blizzard continues.

NYC’s third busiest airport LaGuardia tweeted this morning saying: “#WinterStormOrlena is still impacting the region. Flight cancellations and delays at #LGAairport are expected”. Before adding:

Most major airlines, including American, Southwest, Delta and United have issued waivers so that passengers are able to reschedule their flights without an extra fee. Passengers are advised to contact their airline for more information before travelling.

Snow covers the runway

Heavy snow grounds flights across East Coast © @AirportWebcams Twitter

Orlena’s Path of Destruction

Last week Orlena hit California with more than six feet of snow before spreading to the Midwest, affecting airports including Chicago’s O Hare. On Sunday 166 flights were cancelled there and 222 delayed.

The entire United States flight network has been affected by the storm with California, Florida and Texan airports reporting more cancellations and delays than normal.

It is expected that the disruption will continue today as the National Weather Service warned that high winds and snowfall will persist across parts of the East Coast.

Weather is one thing that you can’t argue with when it comes to flight cancellations and delays! Let us know down below if you have you been affected by any bad weather at the moment.  

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