Thousands of flights cancelled at local airports because of storm

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.