Hundreds of flights canceled ahead of winter storm - KCTV5

Hundreds of flights canceled ahead of winter storm

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Six to 10 inches of snow is expected to fall in cities across the Midwest and northeast. Six to 10 inches of snow is expected to fall in cities across the Midwest and northeast.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/CNN) -

If you are planning to catch a plane Tuesday, you may want to call ahead.

Across the country, the big weather changes mean scrapped flights, and that includes Kansas City International Airport.

We caught this businessman on his way into the airport as he is trying to get back to Newark.

"My wife called me last night and said that there was a storm coming and I may want to check and see if I could get another flight and I thought, no I'll be fine. So I might need to grab a hotel room here tonight,"said passenger James Benson.

Benson's wife was right. That Newark flight, along with a handful of others in the northeast and Mid-Atlantic, have been delayed or canceled.

As of Monday night, nearly 1,400 flights have been canceled nationally ahead of a winter storm, according to flightaware.com.  As many as 20 flights were canceled at KCI at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Bitter cold air is spilling into New England thanks to a strong north wind.

When you tack on moisture from the ocean, heavy snow and blizzard conditions are forecast throughout the night in one of the most heavily traveled corridors in the country.

Eight to 12 inches of snow is forecast from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia, up to New York City and Boston.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for New York City through Wednesday morning.

The morning commute in Chicago is already a messy one.  In Minneapolis, the wind chill is making it feel like 20 below zero.  Crews are pre-treating the roads in Virginia to keep the snow from sticking.

And college students actually camped out in the cold Monday night for basketball tickets in Syracuse, NY.

"Checking the temperature on your phone, seeing it is below zero and pulling every little bit of clothes over you," said Mike Barta, who was waiting in line for tickets.

KCTV5 meteorologist Gary Amble says locally, Kansas City is dealing with more cold and wind.  It was likely what was behind the power outages a lot of people saw overnight.

Outages hit about 2,400 Kansas City Power & Light customers Monday night, but that number has dropped to five total customers since 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The snow is forecast to end around 6 am tomorrow. So if you have a flight to the northeast or mid-Atlantic tonight or tomorrow morning, make sure to call ahead. You can also go to our website http://kctv5.com for travel links.

And, you can keep an eye on the forecast at www.kctv5.com/weather.  Also, don't forget to download the StormTrack5 weather app, which gives you a live look at radar wherever you are.

While there, you can download KCTV5's On Time traffic app.  It alerts you to any problems on the roads.

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