Hundreds of flights canceled ahead of winter storm in the Northeast

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Officials have canceled hundreds of flights ahead of a nor’easter expected to drop more than a foot of snow and create blizzard conditions in some parts of the Mid-Atlantic and New England.

A late-season winter storm is expected to move through the Mid-Atlantic and up to New England through Tuesday.

“Confidence is high for a significant heavy snow and strong wind event affecting the Mid-Atlantic and New England Monday night and Tuesday,” the National Weather Service said in a statement. “Snow amounts 5-12 inches or more and strong winds may create blizzard conditions in places, difficult travel, and power outages. Aviation travel will likely be disrupted.”

Most of the eastern Midwest is under a winter weather advisory, while most of the Northeast is under a winter storm warning. A blizzard warning is in effect along the Atlantic coast from southern New Jersey to eastern Connecticut, including eastern Pennsylvania and New York City.

More than 500 flights have been canceled in and out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport for Monday due to winter weather conditions in which up to six inches of snow is expected.

Officials have canceled hundreds of flights for Tuesday, mostly in and out of Baltimore-Washington International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Chicago’s Midway.

For Wednesday, dozens of flights have been canceled out of Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Boston’s Logan International Airport and Chicago’s Midway.

In the northern Plains to the Mid-Atlantic during the storm, afternoon highs are expected to be 15 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit below normal with the possibility of some record lows.

“It continues feeling like winter across much of the country, despite it is now mid-March,” the NWS added. “A large surface high pressure ridge over south-central Canada is sprawling southward into the central and eastern U.S., allowing for a continuous supply of January-like temperatures through the middle of the work week.”

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