Powerful Winter Storm Grounds Nearly 3,000 Flights in U.S.

A powerful winter storm carrying snow and heavy wind grounded nearly 3,000 flights in the U.S. on Thursday.

Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, a United Airlines hub, was most affected with 856 canceled flights, nearly 70 percent of its schedule, according to FlightAware, a plane-tracking website. At Boston Logan International Airport, a hub of JetBlue and an important airport for business travel, 685 flights were canceled.

A total of 2,944 flights were called off due to the storm, FlightAware said.

American Airlines scrubbed its entire schedule in and out of New York’s LaGuardia Airport, including its shuttle service to Washington D.C. and Boston.

The storm is expected to whip the region with high winds, snow and then record low temperatures.

Airlines waived change fees for travelers booked to impacted airports this week.

Delta Air Lines said passengers booked to fly Thursday or Friday from airports in the Northeast can depart as late as Jan. 8 without paying a change fee. JetBlue said it was waiving change fees and fare differences for passengers affected by the storm.

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SOURCE: CNBC, Leslie Josephs