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Published: 2015-01-26 09:52:00
Updated: 2015-01-26 22:22:48
Posted January 26, 2015
Airlines have canceled thousands of flights into and out of East Coast airports, including Raleigh-Durham International Airport, as a major snowstorm packing up to 3 feet of snow barrels down on the northeast region.
As of Monday evening, more than 6,500 flights scheduled for Monday and Tuesday had been scrapped, according to the flight-tracking site FlightAware.
RDU spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin urged travelers to check the status of their flights for the next few days before heading to the airport.
"We do expect there to be cancellations this afternoon into tomorrow. We do know some airlines are cancelling most, if not all, of their flights to the Northeast," Hamlin said.
Nearly 70 had been canceled from RDU, as of Monday evening , including those to major airports in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston.
"Even though the Northeast is the area being hit by this, there can be a ripple effect, and other flights to other parts of the country could possibly be affected," Hamlin said.
JetBlue, which flies largely in the Northeast, has already canceled about a third of its entire schedule.
Most major airlines are allowing customers whose flights are canceled in the next few days to book new flights without paying a penalty. Customers ticketed on flights to dozens of eastern airports are generally eligible for the allowance, though specific terms vary by airline.
The National Weather Service predicts 2 to 3 feet of snow for a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast, including the New York and Boston areas. Philadelphia should get 14 to 18 inches.
After covering the 1,000 career win of Duke University Men's Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski's career on Sunday, WRAL sports reporter Mandy Mitchell had to fly from New York City to Detroit, then to Atlanta before arriving at RDU International Airport.
The journey took her 12 hours.
"I am tired. I am ready to get off airplanes, that's for sure," she said.