Hundreds of flights delayed or canceled because of looming winter storm

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- Pack your patience: hundreds of flights into and out of the New York City area are delayed or canceled Wednesday as a winter storm approaches the region on the busiest travel day of the year, and more travel headaches are expected.

Winter weather was affecting flights at LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports, according to FlightAware. Click here for up-to-the-minute reports on delays and cancellations.

Travelers are urged to call their airlines before heading to the airport, or to consider rescheduling their flights to after the storm has passed.

American Airlines, United and Delta are among the airlines letting passengers change their flights at no charge because of the storm’s inopportune timing.

Winter weather advisories are in effect until 1 a.m. Thursday for Manhattan, northern Queens and the Bronx, and central New Jersey and coastal Connecticut.

Rain began falling about 6 a.m. and is expected to change to heavy, wet snow at about 9 a.m. in northwestern New Jersey and the Hudson Valley. The precipitation is expected to change to snow in New York City in time for the evening commute.

A trace of snow to about 2 inches is expected in the city and parts of western Long Island. Heading north and west of the city, snowfall will be heavier.

Some 2 to 5 inches are expected to fall in southwestern Connecticut and part of the Hudson Valley, while 5 to 9 inches of snow are expected to blanket northwestern New Jersey and parts north.

All precipitation should taper off about 10 p.m.

For Thanksgiving Day, sunshine will return and temperatures will be brisk and cooler on Friday.

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