More than 2,900 flights have already been cancelled today as the incoming Northeast blizzard is predicted to cripple the country’s air travel. Authorities have advised people living in the affected area, from New York City to Boston, to prepare for what could be the worst storm of the season.
Winter Storm Stella is expected to sweep the New York region with possible blizzard conditions, as experts predict the region could see 12 to 24 inches of wind-blasted. The storm is expected to disrupt travel until early tomorrow morning as it moves through the northeastern region.
Today’s cancellations include roughly 880 flights on Southwest Airlines, 616 flights on JetBlue and 524 flights on American Airlines. More cancellations are expected, with Southwest planning to stop almost all Northeast flights scheduled for today and other airlines considering similar action.
Major U.S. airlines will allow ticketed travellers affected by the storm to change their flights without an additional fee. Officials are asking those with travel plans early this week to check with airlines ahead of time to see about possible cancellations or delays.
In addition, nearly 200 flights have been cancelled out of Toronto Pearson, Canada as snow continues to fall and a large winter storm reigns in parts of southern Ontario.
A special weather advisory issued by Environment Canada remains in place for Toronto and the GTA. Hamilton, Niagara, Oakville and Burlington are under a winter storm warning. Travel is not recommended in these regions with dangerous driving conditions expected to last until this evening.