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Widespread storms cause travel chaos in the U.S.

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Digital writers

Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 8:24 AM -

Airlines are cancelling thousands of flights because of snow and freezing rain in the U.S. Northeast and Midwest.

FlightStats says almost 2,600 flights had been cancelled as of 9:30 a.m. Eastern Wednesday. That follows almost 2,000 cancellations on Tuesday and another 2,500 on Monday.

Most of the cancelled flights were from the New York-area airports, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington. Regional airline Cape Air alone cancelled more than 200 flights, including nearly every flight planned from airports in Massachusetts.

STORM WATCH: Tune in on TV for regular updates as this system passes through Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

United Airlines warned that the disruptions will affect flights in the Midwest, including Chicago and Cleveland, too. United and other airlines are allowing passengers to change their tickets without theusual change fees.

Snow hit a stretch of the United States from Wyoming to Maine with parts of Kansas seeing more than 30 cm of snow on Tuesday. 

The conditions caused crashes and sent snow plows into overdrive. 

After all the trouble weather caused in the Atlanta area, last week, officials in Kansas City, Missouri, did what Georgia officials say they should have by asking businesses to stagger employee start times, Wednesday morning, to ease traffic. Meanwhile, drivers stuck in the snow were doing what they could to help each other out.

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This is the same system slamming southern Ontario Wednesday with heavy snow and gusty winds. Atlantic Canada can expect similar conditions Wednesday night through Thursday.

With files from The Associated Press

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