Flights Delayed, Canceled as Severe Winter Storm Hits Much of U.S.

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A number of flights out of Los Angeles International Airport were canceled Thursday as result of winter storm warnings that were in effect throughout much of the northeastern part of the country and the Midwest.

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Heavy snow falls in Boston, Massachusetts as a Nor’easter makes its way across the Northeast Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. (Credit: CNN)

The impacted flights included those headed to New York City, Washington, D.C., and Boston, according to LAX’s website.

The cancellations happened as a nor’easter was expected to bring near-blizzard conditions and subzero wind chills to the Northeast. Winter storms were also bringing heavy precipitation to the Great Lakes region, with 7 to 11 inches of snow predicted in Chicago.

“A combination of storms will impact areas from the southern Appalachians into New England into Friday,” the National Weather Service reported on its website Thursday. “Heaviest snow will fall from central New York to the Massachusetts coast. Blizzard conditions are possible for eastern Long Island and the Massachusetts coast.”

Travelers were advised to stay home.

“Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely,” according to the Weather Service. “This will lead to whiteout conditions making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel.”

Nationwide, more than 2,200 US flights scheduled for Friday have been canceled so far, according to FlightAware.com, a website that tracks flight cancellations caused by weather and mechanical issues.

More than 340 flights headed to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport were canceled, the website stated.

About 100 million people in 22 states were believed to be in the path of the storm, which forecasters predicted would be strongest between 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday.

CNN contributed to this report.

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