Last update: Saturday, 9:45 p.m. ET
Flight cancellations were on the rise Saturday thanks to a winter storm that was expected to drop snow along a 1,500-mile path stretching from Colorado to the Mid-Atlantic.
More than 450 flights were canceled nationwide and another 2,000 delayed as of 9:45 p.m. ET, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware.com.
The hardest-hit airport Saturday was St. Louis, where about 120 combined arrivals and departures were canceled as more than a foot of snow fell in the area. Washington Reagan National, Chicago O’Hare, Indianapolis and Kansas City, Missouri, were among other airports with above-average cancellations because of the storm.
Most big airlines were waiving change fees for at least some airports in the path of the storm, which was expected to bring additional snow to the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic by Sunday evening.
Another 366 flights had already been grounded for Sunday, including more about 190 combined arrivals and departures at Washington Reagan National, according to FlightAware. That account for about 20 percent of the entire day’s schedule at Washington’s close-to-downtown airport.
Forecasts had called for 4 to 8 inches of snow by late Sunday in the D.C. metro area, with forecasts increasingly bullish about snowfall totals. More than 40 Sunday flights had already been canceled at Washington Dulles and about 30 at Baltimore/Washington. Sunday travelers should expect the possibility of delays and cancellations at airports across much of the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic. Even airports in Carolinas were seeing a spike in cancellations, including Greensboro’s airport in North Carolina.
All four of the USA’s biggest airlines were waiving rebooking fees for some airports because of the storm, though the details were different at each of American, Delta, United and Southwest airlines.
Other carriers that had issued storm-related waivers by Saturday morning included JetBlue, Frontier and Spirit.
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