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Storms Impacting Holiday Travel Across U.S., Causing Hundreds of Delays & Thousands of Cancellations

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Multiple storms across the U.S. are impacting holiday travelers, causing hundreds of delays and thousands of cancellations at busy airports this week.

Flyers traveling for Christmas may be delayed in getting to their final destination due to winter weather. The Weather Channel reports multiple storms developing over the Great Lakes and Northeast regions of the U.S. are impacting air traffic this week.

In the Northeast, weather is affecting both arriving and departing flights ahead of Christmas. According to the FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center, several airports on the Eastern seaboard are experiencing delays as a result of low-hanging clouds. Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) are all being affected by the weather. FlightStats.com reports the delays at affected airports are creating problems at other major airports, including Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

Over the Great Lakes, flyers could be affected by winter weather as well. Just before 3:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) Detroit office issued a High Wind Watch in effect from Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning. Wind gusts could reach up to 60 mph during the day and up to 40 mph overnight.

“If we get winds up to 50 or 60 mph, it will affect people in some way,” Dave Kook from the NWS Detroit office told FlyerTalk. “Flyers, in addition to people driving by car as well, could be affected.”

As of 5:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, FlightStats.com reports that in the U.S. alone, nearly 500 flights departing on December 23 have been cancelled and more than 6,000 have been delayed. Flyers planning to travel over the Christmas holiday are encouraged to contact their airlines for the latest flight information.

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