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Winter Storm Snarls Air Traffic in Midwest, Moves East

Thousands of travelers heading in and out of the Midwest saw their plans upended as a winter storm moved through the region, causing hundreds of flight cancellations. According to flight-tracking website FlightStats, more than 1,900 flights have been grounded by this morning—and further cancellations are expected later today.

The bulk of affected flights were grounded at Chicago O'Hare (one of the nation's busiest airports), Kansas City International, Lambert-St. Louis International, Cleveland Hopkins International, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta. Weather conditions in the Midwest are expected to improve today, but travelers could see more cancellations through the weekend as airlines work to correct schedules.

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As the storm moves east, more weather-related delays and cancellations are likely in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley today, as well as in New England and Canada on Saturday and Sunday. Get more information on keeping track of your flights status here.

Major airlines normally institute flexible booking policies when storms ground large numbers of flights. This time is no exception. Find more information about fee waivers at the following links:

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