Northeast blizzard causes 6000 flight cancellations on Tuesday morning

American Airlines canceled all flights into New York's three airports, Reuters reported.

Delta said "flights should return to relative normalcy Wednesday, pending facility evaluations and resumption of mass transit services in NY".

At San Francisco International Airport, 51 arriving flights and 38 departing flights were cancelled Tuesday as of 7 a.m., according to Bob Rotiski, airport duty manager. Their meeting has been postponed until March 17.

Southwest has canceled more than 300 flights for Monday and almost another 900 scheduled for Tuesday, according to FlightAware.

Real time flight status updates are available on their website.

UberPool is offering $10 rides from LaGuardia International Airport to anywhere in the five boroughs until Friday evening to reduce congestion on airport roads caused by the snowstorm and delayed flights.

Most of the flights grounded were by Southwest Airlines, which has called off 880 scheduled Tuesday departures, which is about 22 percent of its flights for the day, as of 9:20 a.m.

American Airlines canceled all its flights from NY city airports, according to media reports, and others were expected to follow suit.

Cancellations were spilling into Wednesday, too.

More than 5,700 flights are canceled across the country.

Airlines moved quickly to pare their Tuesday schedules ahead of the storm, which had been forecast to bring crippling conditions to much of the Northeast. At Burlington International Airport crews are already anticipating the nor'easter.

Most of Wednesday's cancellations are morning flights. However, DIA officials tweeted that about 95 flights were affected locally.

If you're stuck at the airport, travel agents suggest being on the phone with them when your turn comes at the ticket counter. The National Weather Service says it got 25.6 inches of snow as of Wednesday morning, with more expected to fall.

  • Todd Kelly