- Winter weather was causing flight delays and cancellations on both US coasts Tuesday.
- More than 2,000 flights were canceled and another 500 were delayed in Seattle, New York, Chicago, Toronto, and more.
- Many airlines issued travel waivers for affected airports. Check with your carrier if your flight might be affected.
More than 2,000 flights were canceled and another 5,000 were delayed across the United States on Tuesday as winter weather bore down on wide swaths of the country, according to data from FlightAware.
Flight disruptions were occurring on both coasts, with most issues happening in New York, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, and Toronto. The number of delays and cancellations is likely to cascade as the winter storm Maya tracks east from the Midwest into the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast.
The National Weather Service was warning of multiple storm systems Tuesday morning that were causing hazardous travel conditions around the Great Lakes, the Northeast, and the West Coast.
“The potential exists for 6 to 12 inches of snow from northern Wisconsin to northern Michigan, and even higher amounts across upstate New York and northern New England with 12 to 18 inches possible,” the agency said on its website.
“A corridor of freezing rain is likely to the south of the heavy snow axis, extending from the central Appalachians to southern New England, and also across southern Michigan.”
In addition to the frigid weather, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico is causing heavy rain and the potential for flooding in the Appalachians, the NWS said.
At Chicago’s O’Hare airport, a major hub for United Airlines, arriving flights were delayed by an average of 90 minutes, the Federal Aviation Administration said. In Minneapolis and Detroit, delays averaged 43 minutes as of 9:30 a.m.
Farther north in Canada, at Toronto’s Pearson International, departure delays had topped four hours because of snow and ice.
Many airlines have suspended their reservation-change policies to accommodate for weather.
Some airlines have weather waivers for the Northeast:@AirCanada ✅@AlaskaAir ❌@Allegiant ❌ (but call in)@AmericanAir ✅@Delta ✅@FlyFrontier ✅@JetBlue ✅@porterairlines ✅@SouthwestAir ✅@SpiritAirlines ✅@SunCountryAir ❌@United ✅@WestJet ✅#WinterStormMaya
— NYCAviation (@NYCAviation) February 12, 2019
Those flying Tuesday should check with their airline for specific policies and a list of affected airports.
“Here’s another statistic that sets this month apart,” the Seattle branch of the NWS tweeted. “Including ALL months going back to 1894, there have been only been 5 months (including this one) in which 6+ inch snowfall occurred twice in the same month.”
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