TAMPA — More than 40 flights out of Tampa International Airport were canceled Friday morning due to a large snow storm battering the Northeastern United States.
Among the canceled flights were departures to New York, Rhode Island, Maryland and Illinois, according to the airport's website. Some arriving flights from the Northeast also were delayed or canceled.
The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for areas of Connecticut and Massachusetts until Saturday. Most of New England is under various storm warnings.
The storm was expected to drop about 3 feet of snow, and the weather service urged people to avoid travel during the storm.
Schools across New England were shut down Friday and thousands of flights to the region have been canceled out of safety concerns.
"This one doesn't come along every day. This is going to be a dangerous winter storm," said Alan Dunham, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass. "Wherever you need to get to, get there by Friday afternoon and don't plan on leaving."
If you're flying from Tampa International Airport today, or meeting someone there on an arriving plane, check flight statuses at tampaairport.com/flights.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.