Flights resume Friday at Kennedy Airport; delays expected

NEW YORK — Flights suspended at John F. Kennedy International Airport because of a massive snowstorm resumed Friday.

Flights were suspended at JFK due to strong winds and whiteout conditions caused by a winter storm that has pummeled the East Coast with heavy snow and hurricane-force winds.

The flights resumed by 7 a.m. Friday, but delays are expected, officials said. People flying are advised to contact their airlines to confirm flight times.

Air traffic suspensions at LaGuardia Airport were lifted Thursday, but again, authorities advised passengers to contact their airlines regarding specific flights.

American Airlines said all departures and arrivals at both LaGuardia and Newark airports were canceled and would not resume until Friday.

The flight-tracking site FlightAware reported nearly 5,000 canceled flights across the United States. Those flights include more than two-thirds of flights in and out of New York City and Boston airports.

The storm roared up the East Coast and dumped as much as 18 inches (46 centimeters) of snow from the Carolinas to Maine. It also has unleashed record flooding.

In NYC, the rapidly intensifying storm, dubbed a  “bomb cyclone,” dumped as much as 13 inches.

PIX11 contributed to this report.