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March 6, 2013 at 10:01 AM

East Coast storm snarling travel; some Seattle flights canceled, delayed

Even if your flight gets to the East Coast, it could be miserable on the ground: Virginia was being pounded Wednesday by snow, with roads, like this one in Staunton,Va.,in rough shape. Hundreds of accidents are snarling road travel in the state.

Even if your flight gets to the East Coast, it could be miserable on the ground: Virginia was being pounded Wednesday by snow, with roads, like this one in Staunton, in rough shape. (Associated Press photo)

If you’re flying to or from the East Coast on Wednesday and Thursday, doublecheck your flights (through your airline or Sea-Tac Airport’s real-time flight info) and be ready for delays or cancellations.  The  snowstorm that  swept  into Washington, D.C., on Wednesday  (after snarling Chicago air travel Tuesday) already has forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights by  mid-morning.

Some United Airlines flights to Seattle from Washington Reagan airport, due to arrive late Wednesday morning and in the afternoon, have been canceled, and some Alaska Airlines flights from the East Coast were hours late. Flights are backed up at New York area airports and Philadelphia, with delays there of more than three hours.

Delays  can boomerang to other destinations in  the U.S. air travel system since planes and crews are out of position; check airport delays nationwide  at FlightAware.

And if you have any business with the  federal government in D.C. , don’t bother; federal offices there are closed Wednesday because of the storm.

 

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