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New Winter Storms Force Airport Closures Across U.S.

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Snowstorms Result In Flight Cancellations, Airport ClosuresAnother winter storm is bearing down across a huge swath of the nation’s midsection, forcing airline cancellations and airport closures from New York to Albuquerque.

According to the airline tracking Web site Flightaware.com, more than 6,300 flights were canceled by midday Tuesday.

The Weather Channel reported that more than 100 million people will be affected by the snow and rain that is expected to extend into Thursday.

In the Northeast, New York area airports, along with airports in Chicago and Boston, contributed to nearly half of the cancellations.

But hardest hit was Dallas Fort Worth International, the primary hub for American Airlines that was temporarily closed as workers cleared snow and ice from the tarmac and runways.

Meanwhile, Southwest’s hub at the nearby Love Field Airport remained closed into Tuesday afternoon.

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American Airlines, Delta, Continental and United are waiving the $150 change fee when rescheduling flights or offering the option of a full refund for flights that are canceled or significantly delayed.

Football fans flying this week to attend Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas will have to face sub-zero wind chill factors.

The good news is that the contending teams are used to practicing in the snow, and their fans have been known to don body paint even when the mercury drops below zero.

By Fernando Padilla for PeterGreenberg.com.

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