Winter storm forces flight cancellations on the Suncoast

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SARASOTA - Tens of millions of people are bracing as one of the largest storms to hit the northeast in decades closes in.

Many schools there are closed, public transportation has come to a halt and numerous flights have been delayed or canceled because of the blizzard.

Boston could get 2 to 3 feet of snow, while New York City was expecting 10 to 12 inches. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said plows and 250,000 tons of salt were being put on standby. To the south, Philadelphia was looking at a possible 2 to 5 inches.

Even before the first snowflake had fallen, Boston, Providence, R.I., Hartford, Conn., and other towns and cities in New England and upstate New York towns canceled school Friday, and airlines scratched more than 3,700 flights through Saturday, with the disruptions from the blizzard certain to ripple across the U.S.

Those flight cancellations are being felt all over the country, including here on the Suncoast.

At SRQ, there are 4 cancelled flights, 1 out of Boston and 3 in New York City. In Tampa, 38 flights have already been cancelled.

We will have more on this story coming up on ABC 7 News at 5.