Winter Storm Blankets Northeast, Cancels More Flights


With memories of a monster Christmas blizzard still fresh, another blast of winter weather charged across eastern states Friday, several predicted as far south as middle Georgia.

A large complex winter system stretched across the Northeast Friday, making for messy commutes in cities like Philadelphia, but bringing fewer inches of accumulation than the massive storm that paralyzed much of New York less than two weeks ago.

By Friday afternoon, 391 flights at New York's three major airports had been canceled as a result of snow, according to spokesman Steve Coleman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

""Overall we're talking less than 10 percent of the normal traffic,"" Coleman said. ""Most of these flights were canceled before the snow even really started.""

Twenty flights at Philadelphia International Airport also were canceled as the storm rolled through the region, causing minor delays at Logan International Airport in Boston, officials said.

Several major airlines -- including American, United/Continental, U.S. Airways and Delta -- announced that their customers could voluntarily reschedule flights to and from snow-affected areas without penalty.