Winter hits the Tuesday Northeast has caused significant delays on flights to and from airports in the region. Travel plans have been significantly delayed or canceled for many of them, due to the harshness of winter and freezing conditions making take-off and landing difficult.
At noon, further delays were announced at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and more than 220 flight cancellations were recorded. The airport urged travelers to check with their carriers to see if their flights had been delayed or canceled.
Passengers are lining up to wait for a flight to Las Vegas, at the John F. Kennedy International Airport, the day before the Thanksgiving holiday, November 21, 2018, in Queens, New York. Winter conditions resulted in delays and a stopover at the airport on Tuesday. Puce Somodevilla / Getty Images
On Tuesday afternoon, a ground drop was issued for JFK, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The stop was issued because of the snow and ice, and there was a "good chance of extension", he said. A ground stop limits or completely stops the planes flying in a given airport.
At Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, flights had also been canceled. Flights arriving at the airport averaged delays of nearly four hours on Tuesday and departures averaged 45 minutes. In a tweet, the airport urged travelers who had to move Tuesday to check the status of their flight. The delays were "rising", according to the airport, and there have been 176 cancellations up to now due to rain and frost conditions. LaGuardia Airport also reported that "due to snow and ice, some flights had been delayed an average of one hour and 26 minutes.
Other airports also experienced delays due to snow. At Logan International Airport in Boston, flights arrived with nearly three and a half hours late, while traffic to Teterboro Airport was delayed until two hours.
If you are flying on a Tuesday, check your airport or area in FAA Flight Delay Website. Also check directly with your airline for the status of scheduled flights. If you are flying to the northeast or near the Great Lakes, check the status of your flight.
Snow and freezing rain are expected to continue through the night and until Wednesday in most of the northeast. In New York, weather will likely begin to weaken early Wednesday morning as the storm moves north. Weather conditions should also shift from snow to rain in most areas, which could lead to icy conditions that could delay flights.