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More snow, sleet, rain add to Northeast winter travel woes

Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 11:55 AM ET
Heavy snow expected for New England
Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 8:42 AM ET
The Weather Channel's Alex Wilson reports much of the New England area should expect a snowstorm.

Amid curses about the "Groundhog Day"-like nature of the weather forecast, the Northeast on Tuesday was getting hit with yet another storm that was tying up commuters and travelers.

More than 760 flights were canceled and 4,700 were delayed Tuesday, according to FlightAware, a tracking service. (See the latest air travel status here.)

"Unlike the storms in the last few weeks that had a huge impact, this is more typical of the winter storms that we normally see impacting East Coast airports," FlightAware CEO Daniel Baker said to CNBC in an email. "It's a fast moving Nor'easter that's only caused a few hundred cancellations and is expected to be out of the area by this evening."

(Read more: All of that snow is dragging down US growth)

"Also I should add that although the cancellations won't be as huge, we do expect significant delays all day and night in and out of the Northeast due to runway configurations and deicing delays. Many of these delays will cascade through the airline system and can cause delays throughout the U.S. today, particularly in the afternoon," he said.

A board listing departing flights shows cancellations to New York and Newark airports at Miami International Airport.
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A board listing departing flights shows cancellations to New York and Newark airports at Miami International Airport.

Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey was at the center of the cancellation storm with 24 percent of its departing flights for the day canceled even before daybreak. New York City's LaGuardia Airport, Philadelphia International Airport and Cleveland-Hopkins International followed with more than 25 out-bound cancellations each. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground-stop order at Philadelphia that was lifted shortly before 7:30 a.m. EST due to snow and ice, the airport tweeted. LaGuardia warned of arrival delays up to two hours.

Regional carrier ExpressJet, which is owned by SkyWest and operates as United Express, Delta Connection, and American Eagle, had the most cancellations early Tuesday, at 186.

The National Weather Service said the fast-moving storm would jab the Northeast with freezing rain, sleet and snow with accumulations ranging from 3-6-inches from Pennsylvania to Maine. The storm arrived as most regions had yet to thaw banks of ice and snow from several weeks of worse-than-usual winter weather.

(Read more: Travel trend: 'Get me somewhere warm now')

How to become FlightAware
Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware, explains how his online flight tracking service can help travelers navigate through flight cancellations and delays.

More than 102,000 flights have been canceled this winter, according to masFlight, a data and software company specializing in airline and airport operations. Last week: 16,600 flights were canceled, including 7,562 on Feb. 13, the worst single day so far this winter.

In the airspace around New York City, airlines have canceled more flights this year than during the same time period of the past two years combined, NY1 reported based on FlightAware data.

(Read more: A guide to increasingly sky-high airline fees)

—By CNBC's Amy Langfield. Follow her on Twitter at @AmyLangfield.

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