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Airlines cancel 1,200 flights ahead of major snowstorm

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Airlines cancel 1,200 flights ahead of major snowstorm

Several airlines have canceled nearly 1,200 flights scheduled across the United States on Tuesday in advance of a winter storm that could dump 20 inches of snow across parts of New Jersey. According to the National Weather Service, snow is expected to begin falling late Monday night in southwestern portion of the state and continue through Tuesday.

Up to 20 inches of snow might fall in North Jersey, as up to 2 inches per hour could accumulate during the height of the storm on Tuesday morning. More than a foot of snow is expected in Central Jersey, with amounts decreasing to about 10 inches in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem. The bad weather will be accompanied with hazards including possible whiteout conditions, moderate coastal flooding and power outages.

Atlantic and Cape May will be largely spared of high snow totals though coastal flooding will pose a problem. Minor to moderate property damage as well as significant beach erosion could result in areas close to ocean beaches in all four Shore counties and along the Delaware Bay.

Of the remaining counties, all but Cape May will be under a winter storm warning from Monday evening through most of Tuesday.

Conditions will gradually improve Tuesday night into Wednesday, though winds gusts of up to 30 mph are still expected. It’ll still be cold and blustery with temps in the 30s and blowing snow could pose a hazard.

Most of the flights grounded were by Southwest Airlines, which has called off 880 scheduled Tuesday departures, which is about 22 percent of its flights for the day, as of 9:20 a.m.

Republic Airlines has canceled 137 flights, which account for 17 percent of its Tuesday flights.

As of 9:30 a.m. Monday, Southwest has also already canceled 116 Wednesday flights.

United Airlines, the dominant carrier at Newark Liberty International Airport, has yet to cancel Tuesday departures but that’s almost certain to change.

FliightAware.com says 26 flights that were to take off from Newark on Tuesday have been scrapped. LaGuardia has cancelled 84, Philadelphia 34 and John F. Kennedy 19. It also reported that 818 flights into and out of the U.S. have been canceled. Snow in Chicago has grounded more than 300 departures from the city’s two major airports.

Passengers should check with their airlines before leaving for the airport, officials advise.

It’s business as usual Monday at Newark, Philadelphia and the two New York City airports.

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