Winter weather snarls air travel for 3rd day

Snowplows move snow off taxiways at Newark Liberty International Airport, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Newark, N.J. Another round of winter weather followed a day of unseasonable temperatures with several inches of snow in the eastern United States on Monday, closing schools, disrupting air traffic and snarling travel plans for people trying to return home from the Super Bowl in the New York area. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

February 5, 2014 2:25:26 PM PST
U.S. airlines canceled nearly 2,800 flights Wednesday because of snow and freezing rain in the Northeast and Midwest, the third consecutive day that bad weather has snarled air traffic.

Wednesday's disruptions come in addition to 1,600 cancellations Tuesday and 2,100 on Monday, according to flight tracking site FlightAware. Fliers should get a break on Thursday with few flights expected to be affected by weather.

Most of Wednesday's canceled flights were from the New York-area airports, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington. Regional airline Cape Air alone canceled more than 200 flights, including nearly every flight planned from airports in Massachusetts.

United Airlines said the disruptions also affected flights in the Midwest, including Chicago and Cleveland. United and other airlines are allowing passengers to change their tickets without the usual change fees.

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