by Mark Albert
A man shovels snow near the National Archives in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday
(TVR) – Airlines axed more than a thousand more flights for Wednesday after the biggest storm of the season hit parts of the East Coast with a blizzard, leading to the cancellation of nearly nine thousand flights so far this week, closing schools and some rail routes, and crippling travel throughout parts of the region as several long-time snow accumulation records fell.
Officials blamed five deaths in three states and in Canada on the storm, CNN reported.
Binghamton, NY, set a 24-hour record for snowfall, with at least 28.8″, the National Weather Service said in a tweet.
Eight to 18″ of snow fell northwest of Boston and Providence, RI, the NWS reported.
As of 8am ET Wednesday, airlines had already cancelled another 1,024 flights for later in the day, according to FlightAware. That added to the 6,267 flights within, to, or from the U.S. scrubbed from the schedule on Tuesday, with 2,100 listed as delayed. Another eight flights were pre-emptively cancelled for Thursday.
Carriers scrapped 1,661 flights Monday as the storm began hammering the Midwest, with another 3,725 flights delayed.
On Sunday, airlines scrapped 210 U.S. flights with 2,924 delayed.
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