Wall of storms threatens to upend holiday travel
PHILADELPHIA - So far, the storms that have moved into the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast haven't caused the kind of travel problems that had been feared on the day before Thanksgiving.
More than 230 flights have been canceled, according to the air tracking website FlightAware.com. Most of them were in and out of three major Northeast hubs -- Philadelphia, Newark, and New York's LaGuardia -- and the delays and cancellations haven't been rippling out to other parts of the nation's air network.
Meanwhile, forecasters say the storm is going to start to loosen its grip on the East Coast as the day wears on.
Still, it's meant some anxious moments for travelers trying to get two and from the Northeast. One college freshman waiting at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport for a flight to New York was checking the weather in New York on her smartphone.
Some of the longest delays have been affecting flights headed for Philadelphia. According to FlightAware.com, they were held up at their points of origin for an average of about two hours this morning because of the weather.
A large area of rain is spreading over the Northeast, and it's expected to gradually move out into the Atlantic as the day wears on. Wind is also a concern, and parts of southeastern New England have been under a high-wind warning today.
A residual band of snow behind the storm stretched this morning from western Pennsylvania to West Virginia.
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