Current US Airport Delays December 19th 2009: Snow Storm East US
Much of the eastern seaboard of the United States woke up to a blanket of snow this morning, and a major snowstorm in New Jersey, Washington DC, Virginia, Philadelphia, and some other parts of the country are causing major travel delays for people trying to get home for the holidays.
Washington DC, Dulles International airport (IAD) was closed due to severe weather conditions and snow. However, it has opened again, but according to the airport website, very few flights are still operating today so check directly with your airline if you are flying today or early tomorrow.
Teterboro (TEB) New Jersey Airport is experiencing delays above 45 mins at this time and some waits are up to six hours.
Philadelphia International Airport is experiencing delays of about 6 hours due to the snow.
At LaGuardia and JFK, there were more than 200 scrubbed flights, though American Airlines and Southwest are still flying out. At Newark there's been 350 canceled flights. Of course, all cancellations are depending on weather so experts suggest checking with your carrier if you have plans to fly.
Atlantic City Airport is experiencing minor delays at this point, but if the snow continues, the delays could get worse.
Reagan National Airport has now canceled all of their flights today until 6am tomorrow due to the weather and they have closed all runways. There are also no metro services operating to and from the airport due to snow.
About 20 inches of snow could fall in New Jersey by Sunday and people not traveling by air, but by car, are being advised to only travel if they have to, to use their snow tires and to take it slow. There are speed restrictions on the New Jersey Turnpike from the Deleware Memorial Bridge to Interchange 8 at Route 33.
In West Virginia road conditions (WV Dot) are also poor. You can call 1-877-WVA-ROAD for road updates at any time.
In North Carolina Interstate 40 is very slow moving as it is covered in snow and ice. I-40 is down to one lane at exit 37, and U.S 19 is at a standsill in northern Buncombe County. The traffic is also at a standstill at the Flat Creek. In South Carolina there is intense flooding but the road conditions are better.
The storm is only expected to get worse in many areas. There are also high winds in many areas, with some up to 25mph and that causes drifting snow and poor visibility. There are storm warnings in effect from North Carolina to southern New England.
Those planning to fly out of regional airports on Saturday or pick up passengers there were urged to contact their carriers before leaving their homes.
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