Winter Storm Grounds Nearly 2,000 Flights Sunday

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"(USATODAY)
A major winter storm is snarling flights all along the eastern seaboard, forcing the cancellation of thousands of flights and disrupting the plans of tens of thousands of passengers.

In New York alone, more than 800 flights have been reported canceled at the city's three area airports: JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty.

The Associated Press writes ""the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said that number is expected to rise Sunday as the day goes on and snow starts to fall in the metro area. Forecasters issued a blizzard warning for New York City for Sunday and Monday.""

The latest forecasts called for as much as 18 to 24 inches of snow in the New York area by Monday afternoon.

Four big airlines -- American, Continental, Delta and JetBlue -- operate hubs at one of the three New York-area airports, while US Airways operates its two biggest hubs at cities in the storm's footprint (Philadelphia and Charlotte). Continental, has a Newark hub, had already canceled 250 at there by early Sunday morning.

At Delta, which operates JFK hub, spokesman Kent Landers tells AP the airline has proactively canceled about 850 mainline and regional flights across the East. ""Most cancelations are concentrated from the Carolinas through New York,"" he says.

Delta was already hard hit by the storm on Saturday, when it brought winter weather to Delta's biggest hub in Atlanta.

American -- the nation's No. 3 airline -- tells AP it was likely to cancel its entire flight schedule after 3 p.m. at airports in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington. Southwest, the nation's largest low-cost carrier, also warned of significant flight disruptions. "