Snow Grounds Thousands of Flights Across Eastern U.S.

  • Jan 21, 2014 3:09pm GMT

Another unusually cold weather system has slid into the Eastern portion of the United States bringing heavy snow and lengthy travel delays.

According to FlightAware, 2,900 flights had been cancelled by 6 p.m. EST on Tuesday, with 1,500 of the cancellations occurring in the New York metro area alone.

Airlines have rolled out their customary winter weather waivers, so most passengers traveling to, from or through affected areas can make one itinerary change without paying a change fee. Delta, American, US Airways, United, Southwest/AirTran and JetBlue have all posted weather policies on their websites.

Although the weather has been relegated to the Eastern U.S., flights are being affected all across the country and even around the world.

British Airways cancelled all flights to JFK after 2 p.m. GMT today, citing forecasts of over a foot of snow as the deciding factor.

This particular winter storm is expected to move out of the area overnight, but cold temperatures will remain in place through the weekend.