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East Coast storms prompt flight cancellations at LAX

A woman pulls a cart as she walks across the street covered with snow, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. A storm is expected to hit the northern New Jersey region throughout the day. Because of hazardous driving conditions New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's inauguration party at Ellis Island was cancelled.
A woman pulls a cart as she walks across the street covered with snow, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. A storm is expected to hit the northern New Jersey region throughout the day. Because of hazardous driving conditions New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's inauguration party at Ellis Island was cancelled.
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Wicked winter weather slamming the East Coast has already led to dozens of flight cancellations locally and could lead to more.

Los Angeles International Airport spokesman Marshall Lowe said 40 to 60 flights leaving and coming into LAX have been cancelled due to winter weather on the East Coast and said travelers can expect more delays and cancellations throughout the day as the storm progresses.

Cities in the northeast were expected to see at least a half foot of snow and strong winds, with the heaviest weather later in the afternoon and evening. NBC reports:

“By this evening, all four cities from Philadelphia to Boston could face a pretty bad commute home,” said Kevin Roth, a lead meteorologist with the Weather Channel. “We’re expecting a good six to 10 inches. It will be snowing pretty hard.”

“Every once in while these little winter storms go bananas and we think this might be the one,” he added.

LAX warned travelers via Twitter to check their flight status before heading to the airport.

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