Some South Florida travelers hoping to get to the Northeast Friday found themselves having to make alternate plans as numerous flight cancellations were reported at local airports due to a major storm threat.
As of about 3:20 p.m., 31 flights had been cancelled at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and 69 flights had been delayed.
As of 9:30 p.m.., 46 flights at Miami International Airport had been cancelled.
Most of the flights were to the New York and Boston areas.
As Northeast airports close runways, some passengers might be spending an extra night in Miami.
"We encourage you, if it is going to be a long period of time, go back into the community," MIA spokesman Marc Henderson said. "You’ll enjoy it. Miami is a beautiful area, then come back.”
Residents of the tri-state area including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are bracing for the storm, which is expected to bring howling winds and more than a foot of snow amid potentially blizzard-like conditions Friday into Saturday.
All of New York City and Long Island are under a blizzard warning from 6 a.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Saturday, along with parts of New Jersey and southern Westchester County, the National Weather Service said.
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New York City and the Hudson Valley are forecast to get 12 to 16 inches, while interior New Jersey is likely to see slightly less, anywhere from 6 to 12 inches. New Jersey's I-95 corridor may get the biggest break, with 3 to 6 inches forecast by the latest models.
Winds throughout the region could reach 60 mph.
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