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Thousands of Flights Cancelled Before Winter Storm

It might be a month late, but winter reintroduced itself today to the East Coast — with a bang. After a fairly tame season so far, monster storm Jonas has forced the cancellation of almost 5,000 flights at U.S. airports over the next two days affecting more than 100,000 passengers.. Roughly a quarter of the U.S. population is in its path, about 30 million of whom are under blizzard watches or warnings. “This is not a near miss,” CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. “This is a direct hit.” Tennessee and North Carolina got hit first early Friday, with snow covering the ground in cities like Asheville, Charlotte and Greensboro. Ice is also a problem in those areas, which have slick roads and face power outages. Communities to the northeast should get hit even harder. And more than any other place, Washington, D.C., is in the bull’s-eye. Snow should arrive there early Friday afternoon, with 2½ feet possible by the time the last flakes fall Saturday night. The nation’s capital is not alone in expecting blizzard conditions. On Friday morning, the National Weather Service extended its blizzard warning to include Philadelphia and New York City. (CNN)

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