Airports and airlines were struggling to get back on schedule Friday, after a major snowstorm canceled thousands of flights during the previous two days. But another storm is threatening to wallop the Great Lakes region and the Northeast again Sunday night.
Delays at 2 p.m. were averaging 3 hours at Newark and Philadelphia, as the airports dealt with snow and wind from the storm, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. New York’s JFK airport closed its runways for four hours Friday morning because of snow and zero visibility, and Newark temporarily stopping allowing arriving planes.
By 2 p.m., 2,725 flights were canceled nationwide and 4,362 were delayed, according to FlightStats.com, which tracks flights. New York’s LaGuardia had 435 flights canceled, Philadephia 372, Boston had 362 and Newark had 357.
Airlines, which were waiving change fees for flights Thursday and Friday in the Northeast, urged passengers to call before heading to the airport.
The flight disruptions lingered a day after 3,200 cancellations Thursday, as the storm swept across the Midwest toward the Northeast.
But more snow is likely Sunday as cold air pushes from Canada across the Great Lakes region, which could disrupt flights in Chicago and Detroit, according to the AccuWeather.com forecast.
A wintery mix of snow and rain is expected along the Interstate 95 corridor from Virginia to Maine, as part of the same front, according to the forecast.