Snow grounds thousands of flights in NY region

Stranded travelers and airport workers watch front loaders clear snow at La Guardia Airport in New York. All flights have been suspended temporarily at JFK and La Guardia airports due to wind and whiteout conditions. Julie Jacobson  AP

Airlines have cancelled thousands of flights as an intense winter storm swept along the East Coast Thursday.

According to FlightAware.com, the majority of the flight cancellations were at airports in New Jersey, Boston and NY, with more than 90 percent of flights at New York's La Guardia Airport being canceled.

At the Halifax airport, Linda Coleman hopes her delayed flight with Porter Airlines won't be cancelled like dozens of others on the departures board.

At Newark Liberty International Airport, more than 850 flights were cancelled, about 73 percent of normal flight activity.

Front-loaders clear snow from the area around Gates C and D outside Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in NY.

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More than 3,000 flights have been cancelled within the US, as of Thursday morning, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. Delta, American and Virgin also canceled flights heading to major cities along the East Coast. A Singapore Airlines jumbo jet, Flight 26 from Frankfurt, Germany, was forced to land at the smaller Stewart International Airport in New Windsor in Orange County, according to FlightAware.

Amtrak is advising travelers to allow for extra time to get to the train station, and be extremely careful inside stations and on platforms.

Caribbean Airlines Limited last night announced the cancellation of two flights between Kingston and NY today as a winter storm approaches NY and environs. Three people were killed in North Carolina after their vehicles ran off snow-covered roads, authorities said.

Dallas Love Field tweeted earlier today, "Weather conditions are affecting airport operations in the Northeast". Many had to stay overnight Thursday because airport hotels booked up.

"It's just a nightmare", traveler Spencer Wrench said.

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