(USA TODAY) -- Flight schedules are taking a hit today as a winter storm moves from the Midwest into the Northeast.
won't suffer disruptions as severe as the ones from Christmastime
storms that brought flights to a halt at several major airports. But,
passengers scheduled to fly today (Jan. 28) should brace for problems in
the Midwest and East Coast.
Flight-tracking service FlightAware
says more than 400 U.S. flights have been canceled so far today, with
the majority of those coming at airports experiencing poor weather from
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as has become the norm during poor weather, nearly every major airline
is waiving change fees for fliers schedule to fly into the storm's path.
The policies come with significant fine print, but - generally - they
allow customers to make one change to their itineraries without having
to pay change fees or any differences in fares.
hardest hit as of 8 a.m. this morning are the New York City-area
airports, where 146 departures and arrivals have been canceled at Newark
Liberty and 79 at New York LaGuardia.
At Toronto's Pearson
International, where snow and ice were being reported as of 8 a.m. ET,
96 flights had been canceled as of early morning, according to FlightAware.
airports seeing notable cancellation totals as of 8:15 a.m. ET: Chicago
O'Hare (30), Minneapolis/St. Paul (26), Detroit (25), Washington Dulles
(22) and Washington Reagan National (21).
Fliers whose flights aren't canceled could be hit with delays. FlightStats, another flight-tracking service, shows "significant" and "excessive" delays at a half-dozen airports (as of 8:30 a.m. ET) in the Midwest, Northeast and mid-Atlantic.
Flights bound for Philadelphia and Toronto are being delayed by an average of 75-80 minutes, according to the Federal Aviation Administration's delay map. And, of course, late arriving planes mean delays are likely for many departures as well.
and continued cancellations remain a significant risk for much of the
day - especially at the delay-prone airports of Newark Liberty, New York
LaGuardia and Philadelphia.
To the north, freezing rain and
drizzle are expected to develop after 5 p.m. ET in Boston and other
parts of New England. Depending on the severity of the icing, that could
mean problems for flights at Boston Logan and other airports in the
region if the forecasts are accurate.