Airlines cancel more than 2,400 flights as nor'easter slams the East Coast

  • A Nor'easter slammed the East Coast on Friday with strong winds, sleet, rain, and snow.
  • JFK and LaGuardia airports issued ground stops on arriving flights Friday.
  • Precipitation is expected to weaken off Friday, but gusty winds will continue through the weekend.

JFK International, LaGuardia, and Dulles airports issued ground stops for arriving flights as a late winter Nor'easter brought mix of snow, rain, and wind to the US East Coast.

Over 2,400 flights had been canceled Friday at the region's airports, with carriers "waving change fees," USA Today reported

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Powerful nor'easter wreaks havoc at airports and train stations across the country
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Powerful nor'easter wreaks havoc at airports and train stations across the country
A man looks at a flight information board showing cancelled flights as a storm bringing high winds passes over Reagan National Airport in Washington, U.S., March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Air travellers wait to check in during a winter nor'easter at LaGuardia Airport in New York, U.S., March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A flight information board shows cancelled flights as a storm bringing high winds passes over Reagan National Airport in Washington, U.S., March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
An empty entrance to the Delta Airlines terminal is seen during a winter nor'easter at LaGuardia Airport in New York, U.S., March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Air travellers stand at the check in counter during a winter nor'easter at LaGuardia Airport in New York, U.S., March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Airplanes are seen parked through a rain soaked window at their gates during a winter nor'easter at LaGuardia Airport in New York, U.S., March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A flight monitor shows cancelled flights at LaGuardia Airport in New York, U.S., March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
People wait on cancelled or delayed Amtrak trains at Pennsylvania (Penn) Station during a winter nor'easter in New York City, U.S., March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
People wait on cancelled or delayed Amtrak trains at Pennsylvania (Penn) Station during a winter nor'easter in New York City, U.S., March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
People wait on cancelled or delayed Amtrak trains at Pennsylvania (Penn) Station during a winter nor'easter in New York City, U.S., March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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The operating environment at JFK and LaGuardia was sloppy, but it was evidently the gusty winds that led to the ground stops.

The FAA tower at Dulles was also temporarily evacuated because of high winds. 

Dulles tweetTwitter/ Dulles Airport

The storm is expected to persist through Friday, with high winds lasting through the weekend. The New England region is forecast to receive the worst of the weather.

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