Winter storm leads to flight cancellations at NYC-area airports

08:17, December 27, 2010      

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Passengers check the fight information on the airways counter at the John F. Kennedy International Airport as snow falls in New York, the United States, Dec. 26, 2010. A blizzard storm hit New York on Sunday, causing flights delay or cancellation. (Xinhua/Wu Jingdan)

New York City airports canceled more than 1,000 flights on Sunday as a snow blizzard made its way through the east coast.

Major airlines grounded hundreds of flights in New York-area's LaGuardia, Newark and JFK Airport. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said that it anticipated many more cancellations throughout the day as the storm intensified into the evening.

Heavy snow began falling on late Sunday morning in New York and it is expected to linger into Monday morning and possibly into the afternoon. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the New York City area on Sunday, with possible snow falls of 11-16 inches, and 40 - 60 mph wind gusts.

Meanwhile, electric service company Con Ed said it is preparing crews and extra personnel to respond quickly and efficiently in the event of any power outages.

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