A big winter storm spinning its way across the East Coast of the United States is expected to wreak havoc on Thanksgiving Day travel plans.
The National Weather Service says that travelers from the Carolinas all the way up to New England could see significant snow, and the entire East Coast will see some kind of precipitation.
“As of late Tuesday, a cold front has stalled off the Southeastern Coast, dumping as much as 5.5 inches of rain in Daytona Beach and 7.61 inches of rain in Port St. John, Florida. In addition, low pressure has begun to spin up along the tail end of the front over the Gulf of Mexico.
“That low will quickly intensify as it moves north-northeastward overnight into Wednesday, most likely staying just off the Eastern Seaboard. This is a classic track for a significant East Coast storm.
“However, as is often the case, key questions remain about the exact outcome from this storm system — and the small details could make a big difference for your travel plans, especially if you will be driving in the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast on Wednesday or Wednesday night.”
Depending on the track, some cities like New York, Boston, and Portland, Maine, could see up to 12 inches of snow. Some places at higher elevations could see up to a foot of snow.
Update at 12:27 p.m. ET. Cancellations Begin:
By early afternoon, Flight Aware, a website that tracks air traffic, was reporting that more than 1,000 flights had been canceled so far.
Airports in New York and Philadelphia appeared to be the hardest-hit.