Environment & Science

Massive East Coast blizzard forces dozens of flight cancellations at LAX

In this file photo, a jet comes in for landing at Los Angeles International Airport. According to flight tracking website FlightAware, 67 departing and arriving flights have been cancelled Friday morning at LAX.
In this file photo, a jet comes in for landing at Los Angeles International Airport. According to flight tracking website FlightAware, 67 departing and arriving flights have been cancelled Friday morning at LAX.
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Severe weather conditions on the East Coast have forced hundreds of flight delays and cancellations across United States airports, including more than a hundred at the Los Angeles International Airport.

There were 156 flights affected either into or out of LAX, according to a statement from the airport's operator. That includes 86 flights that were delayed and 80 that were cancelled.

Almost all of the affected flights were to or from the Midwest and East Coast cities that have been impacted by winter storms, according to the statement. The delays primarily involved flights to and from Washington D.C., New York, Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Nashville, Charlotte and Raleigh.

Tweets from airports and travelers around the country have shared their snowstorm feelings:

The National Weather Service says the blizzard hitting the Eastern United States could rank near the top 10 to ever hit the region.

Meteorologist Paul Kocin with the service's Weather Prediction Center says snowfall as heavy as 1 to 3 inches an hour could continue for 24 hours or more in the area. That puts estimates at more than 2 feet for Washington, a foot to 18 inches for Philadelphia and 8 inches to a foot in New York.

Five states and the District of Columbia have declared states of emergency ahead of the slow-moving system.

Airports shared their own thoughts on the weather on Twitter, as did travelers around the country:

https://twitter.com/Reagan_Airport/status/690668519407685632

https://twitter.com/Fly_Nashville/status/690637132717821952

https://twitter.com/BenGiroux/status/690713412028891136

https://twitter.com/bundgaard2/status/690659409316450304

https://twitter.com/PHLAirport/status/690639432211365889

This story has been updated.