Thousands of flights across the United States and Canada are delayed and cancelled as a winter storm sweeps across the East Coast, with hubs including New York and Boston hit hardest and all airlines warning passengers to expect long delays and cancellations across the country, and Charleston Airport is closed until 8 January.
Thirteen states from South Carolina to Maine are under a winter storm warning and the governors of Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey and New York declared states of emergency. Forecasters say the Northeast states can expect hurricane-force winter wind gusts and blinding snow.
The travel disruptions reached beyond flights and airports. Amtrak reduced service between New York and Boston, and also Springfield, Mass., and New Haven, Conn.,
and cancelled trains between Washington, D.C., and Newport News and Norfolk, Virginia. Greyhound buses running between Montreal, Boston, New York City, Albany, New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Atlantic City, New Jersey, and the Maine cities of Bangor and Portland, were also cancelled. The bus station in Savannah, Georgia, was shut down.
Due to no snow/ice removal equipment available, the Charleston International Airport (CHS) in North Charleston, South Carolina, was closed as of Thursday morning. The date/time when the airport is expected to reopen is January 8 at 6:59 p.m., EST.
A major winter storm tracking up the Eastern Seaboard has led to flight delays and weather warnings across southern and eastern Quebec. Parts of the province are bracing for a winter storm system that has dumped snow on cities up the U.S. coast to make its way north. Areas from the Eastern Townships to Blanc-Sablon are under snowfall, winter storm, and storm surge warnings.
Passengers are being advised to check the status of their flights before they go to the airport.