Winter Storm Creating Holiday Travel Nightmare

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A powerful winter storm slamming the Northeast left thousands of travelers stranded on Thursday, as scores of flights were canceled or delayed.

More than 400 flights within, into or out of the United States were canceled early Thursday, according to the tracking website FlightAware.com.

The Christmas storm unleashed heavy snow, bristling winds and tornadoes in the South and Midwest, killing six people, including two young children.

As it surges east, winter storm advisories have been issued from central Pennsylvania to Maine, with snow accumulations of up to a foot expected by Friday morning.

Some flights arriving at New York’s LaGuardia Airport were delayed an average of an hour Thursday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Sixty flights were canceled Thursday at Philadelphia International Airport, after 300 flights were grounded the day before, an airport spokesperson said.

Some smaller airports were also hit hard. Syracuse Hancock International Airport in upstate New York was open, but only about half the flights were getting off the ground, according to officials.

Los Angeles International Airport was reporting delays Thursday morning for departures to Newark International Airport and JFK International of about an hour and 20 minutes.

Travelers are being advised to check with their airlines before leaving home to see if their flights are postponed or canceled.

For flight delay information by airport, visit: http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp. For real-time flight information for LAX, visit: http://www.lawa.org/fsw/.

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