Airlines cancel more than 1500 flights ahead of late winter storm

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Airlines cancel more than 1500 flights ahead of late winter storm

JetBlue had already canceled most of its flights out of NY airports on Tuesday and also announced it was waiving change/cancel fees and fare differences for customers traveling from 21 airports across the Midwest and Northeast.

New York City public schools - the largest U.S. school system - canceled classes on Tuesday as did schools in the Washington, D.C., area, Boston, Philadelphia and northern New Jersey. Travelers are encouraged to check their flight status with their airline.

The storm is expected to dump 1 to 2 feet of snow on the New York City metro area with wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour. "This would certainly be the biggest snowstorm of the 2017 winter season in New York City", said Faye Barthold, a weather service meteorologist based on Long Island. And the above-ground portions of the NY subway system were being shut down.

But American Airlines had other plans for her. They said that number is likely to rise as big airports in Chicago and NY are hit by the storm.

Preparations continued Monday across the Northeast for the arrival of what forecasters say will be the first major winter storm of the season, bringing with it dire warnings of blizzard conditions in New Jersey, New York and CT.

As the morning wore on, the storm track shifted slightly and snow switched to sleet in Philadelphia and NY.

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A blizzard warning now covers much of the tri-state area, expanding to include New Jersey and southern CT in addition to the five boroughs and Nassau County, as a major snow storm barrels toward the region.

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a winter weather advisory for Pittsburgh, with 3 to 6 inches of snow expected after 8 p.m. Monday.

But teams in the men's and women's tournaments rely on chartered flights, so any backlog at commercial airlines shouldn't be a problem.

Fears over the expected ferocity of the storm led to the first meeting between US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington being delayed until Friday.

NOAA/NASA GOES East satellite handout image taken on Monday, March 13, showing storm activity in the eastern United States. On this day in 1993, Pittsburgh saw more than 23 inches of snow.

El Nuevo Herald staff photographer C.M. Guerrero and The Associated Press and contributed to this report.

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