Feb. 12--Record amounts of snow fall and crippling ice loom for Atlanta and much of the Deep South and the effects are already being felt in South Florida's airports.
The flight board at Palm Beach International Airport is reporting more than 30 scratched flights, including all flights but one to and from Atlanta; that one flight is expected to arrive from Georgia just before midnight.
Flights to the Carolinas and California are also cancelled as the weather throughout some of the nation's busiest airports brace for what meteorologists have said could be a storm of "historical proportions."
To our south, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport reports 42 cancelled flights and 13 delays up to an hour and a half long at 8:00 a.m.
Nationally, more than 2,700 flights have been cancelled so far, according to aviation tracker FlightAware.com. Another 2,800 delays are reported.
All Delta flights from the Fort Lauderdale airport to Atlanta for Wednesday are canceled. The airport usually has 14 flights a day that head that way, said airport spokesman Gregory Meyer.
Delta will have "limited service" to Atlanta on Thursday starting at 10:50 a.m. Countrywide, Delta canceled 573 flights for Tuesday and 1,500 for Wednesday.
Meyer hadn't heard about other carriers scheduled to fly to Atlanta for Wednesday.
Parts of Georgia had already been blanketed by snow and rain by Tuesday evening. A state of emergency has been declared for more than 80 of the state's counties. The storm is expected to continue into Thursday, according to meteorologists with the National Weather Service. They warned of "significant" snowfall totals and "crippling" ice totals.
Southwest Airlines said it is suspending most, if not all, operations in Atlanta on Wednesday.
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Original headline: Winter storm scratches 2,700 flights, including 30 through West Palm
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