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Thousands of flights cancelled at local airports because of storm

Posted: 2:08 AM, Feb 09, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-09 12:41:49-05

NEW YORK CITY – More than 2,100 flights have been cancelled or delayed at local airports as the storm has brought several inches of snow into the tri-state area.

Forty-four flights are being delayed at Newark International Airport as of 12:30 p.m. Thursday, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware . More than 710 flights have been cancelled.

LaGuardia Airport has 761 cancellations but just five reported delays, according to FlightAware.com . John F. Kennedy International airport is experiencing  658 cancellations  and 62 delays.

These numbers are expected to grow as the storm described by city officials as “blizzard-like” approaches. Travelers are advised to check with their airlines prior to their departure.

In the five boroughs, Nassau County, the lower Hudson Valley, New Jersey and southern Connecticut, a winter storm warning will go into effect at midnight and last until 6 p.m. Thursday. Those areas are forecast to get blanketed with 8 to 12 inches of snow.

A blizzard warning has been issued for Suffolk County from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, where 10 to 14 inches of snow is expected.