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East Coast storm grounds thousands of flights

By Marnie Hunter and Steve Kastenbaum, CNN
Snow has snarled operations at New York's LaGuardia Airport. Most airlines canceled most flights in and out of the airport.
Snow has snarled operations at New York's LaGuardia Airport. Most airlines canceled most flights in and out of the airport.
  • No flight operations at Washington-area airports
  • Delta cancels 900 flights; about 500 canceled on American and American Eagle
  • Runways open at New York-area airports, but majority of flights canceled

(CNN) -- A winter storm has halted operations at some airports in the Northeast, and thousands of flights have been canceled.

No flights will operate at Reagan Washington National or Dulles International airports on Wednesday, according to Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority spokeswoman Tara Hamilton.

Travelers are urged to check with their airlines for flight status updates and rebooking policies. Most airlines will waive change fees for travel in and out of areas affected by the weather system.

Crews at the Washington airports continue to work on clearing runways.

"We're working, and we're plowing as best we can and then once the winds diminish some, we'll be able to start hauling snow off the airfield as we've been doing for six days now," Hamilton said.

Demond Vaughan was supposed to fly from New York to Atlanta, Georgia, on Wednesday morning, but his flight was canceled.

"Right now, I'm upset. Our plans were to go to a wedding, a Valentine's wedding. ... If we don't go today, the lady said we won't have another flight until Monday. That's going to be terrible for us," Vaughan said.

New York metro area airports were operational Wednesday afternoon, but airlines canceled most flights in and out of LaGuardia, Newark Liberty International and John F. Kennedy International airports.

Operations will continue for as long as crews can keep the runways clear, said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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JetBlue Airways canceled all flights in and out of New York airports Wednesday, according to spokesperson Mateo Lleras.

Most airlines canceled Wednesday flights in and out of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, according to the airport's Web site. Some airlines have canceled flights through Thursday morning.

Delta Air Lines has temporarily ceased flights in and out of Washington, Baltimore, Maryland, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the majority of flights are canceled in and out of New York and Boston, Massachusetts, Delta spokesman Anthony Black said. The airline has canceled 900 Wednesday flights.

United Airlines canceled about 600 Wednesday flights, according to spokeswoman Sarah Massier. More than 1,000 flights on US Airways and its affiliate US Airways Express have been canceled, according to the airline.

Continental Airlines canceled 850 flights Wednesday, including all flights at the airline's Newark hub, according airline spokesperson Macky Osorio.

American Airlines and American Eagle canceled about 500 flights Wednesday, according to spokesman Tim Smith. The airline's operations in the Washington area have been suspended through noon ET Thursday. American's operations in Philadelphia have ground to a halt and are expected to resume Thursday morning.