Flight delays, cancellations carry on after massive winter storm

Thousands of flights have been canceled or delayed due to the massive winter storm

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Extreme cold grips the country on Christmas Eve
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NEW YORK (WABC) -- Thousands of travelers stranded at airports were still trying to get to their destinations on Christmas Eve after a massive storm snarled air travel in the U.S. and Canada ahead of the holiday.

According to the flight tracking site Flight Aware, there were 5,723 flight cancellations and 17,836 delays on Saturday. Airports with the biggest impact: Seattle, Detroit, Minneapolis, Chicago and Denver

For the most part, conditions seemed to have improved at New York City area airports. Newark Airport, LaGuardia and JFK experienced gate holds and taxi delays of up to 15 minutes.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Saturday that the the Buffalo Niagara International Airport will be closed through Monday morning,

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Check your flight status by visiting the appropriate airport website:

  • Newark Liberty International Airport
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • LaGuardia Airport

    If your travel ends up being impacted, here's some advice to help navigate the system when flights are delayed or canceled whether by staff shortages, weather or other issues.

    Here are some tips on how to make sure you don't lose track of your luggage amid the travel crush.


    Amazon, the US Postal Service, UPS and FedEx are all warning that the winter storm hitting large swaths of the United States is disrupting operations in the final delivery days before Christmas.

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