A blizzard warning is in effect for most of the northeastern states, which means travel delays and cancellations across the country.
There have seen dozens of delays and cancellations at Orlando International Airport both arriving and departing to locations. Flightaware.com reports more than 1,800 flights have been cancelled for Monday, and more than 1,600 for Tuesday.
Orlando is also acting as a parking lot for planes from different airlines. Thrity-one will be stored at the airport overnight so they are ready to go once conditions improve.
It’s not looking good for those folks trying beat the storm. One couple started panicking as the forecast worsened and tried to catch an earlier flight home to Boston.
“We’ve changed probably six flights so far," Priya Menon said.
While others are trying to escape the blizzard, one couple is set on getting out of the Sunshine State.
“So we can dig ourselves out of it!" Adam Luciano said.
As much as 30 inches of snow could be waiting for them when they get there. But for now they are stranded at the airport after a trip to Walt Disney World.
“We’re holding onto the hope that we will be able to get home," Menon said.
But others were rejoicing that they made it out.
“It’s snowy and cold and I’m just glad not to be there," Jenna Balestino said.
“We just flew out of Baltimore and we’re here to go to Disney for the first time," Nick Raia said. “Our first flight got cancelled, so we were lucky to get out when we did.”
“We want to go to all the parks and just have fun and enjoy the weather before we have to go home," Balestino said.
And hopefully by the time they have to return, they won’t be stuck standing at a flight board.
“We’ll get some airport food and charge our batteries, so we can make some more calls,” Menon said.
Many airlines are already predicting mass cancellations for Tuesday, so be sure to check with your airline right away to see how the storm could affect you.
What you need to know about the snow headed to the Northeast
(AP) -- The busy Northeast corridor has prepared for a winter wallop that was expected to bring up to 2 feet of snow from northern New Jersey all the way up to Massachusetts. If you're traveling to the Northeast or have loved ones there, here's what you need to know about the coming storm:
Snowstorm vs. Blizzard: What's the Difference?
A blizzard warning has been issued for a huge swath of the Northeastern U.S., meaning potential white-out conditions as heavy snow swirls amid gusting wind. A blizzard includes sustained or frequent wind gusts of 35 mph or greater and considerable falling snow that lasts for at least three hours. This storm is expected to last up to 36 hours in some locations.
Airlines had cancelled about 2,000 flights Monday because of the storm and were expected to cancel more, according to the flight tracking site FlightAware. Those affected most are the three airports serving New York City. More than 20 percent of flights in Boston and Philadelphia we cancelled.
On the Rails
Amtrak was operating a normal schedule Monday, but said it would re-evaluate as conditions warrant. It said announcements about service changes would be made as far in advance as possible, but it also encouraged passengers to watch the weather closely.
Up to 2 feet of snow was predicted, with the heaviest snow falling from about midnight Monday through Tuesday afternoon. Winds will be strongest across eastern Long Island. About half the flights Monday at the region's three major airports were cancelled.
A blizzard warning will be in effect from 7 p.m. Monday to 1 a.m. Wednesday, with about 20 to 30 inches of snow forecast for the city and its suburbs. Near-hurricane force winds were predicted for Cape Cod and the nearby islands.
From 20 to 30 inches of snow was predicted, including snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour at some points Monday night or Tuesday morning.
Providence, Rhode Island
Accumulations of around 20 to 30 inches were expected with locally higher amounts possible, plus blizzard conditions that include damaging winds and considerable drifting and blowing snow.
Snow was falling Monday morning, but the storm was expected to being in earnest later Monday. About a foot of snow was expected before the storm ends about 6 p.m. Tuesday, with less to the west and more in New Jersey toward the coast.
Snow was expected end by midday Tuesday, with about 1 to 2 inches accumulating in Washington and 2 to 5 inches in Baltimore.