UNDATED (AP) — Hundreds of flights are canceled and tow trucks are getting lots of calls as a winter storm blows cold air and snow from the Midwest toward the Northeast.
Airlines have canceled more than 1,800 flights nationwide today. More than 500 flights in and out of Chicago's O'Hare airport have been canceled, according to FlightStats.com, and others are delayed.
Up to a foot of snow is on the ground in Michigan, where the auto club AAA says it had 500 calls by midmorning from drivers dealing with spinouts, cars in ditches and dead batteries.
Indiana authorities say the weather may have been a factor in a fatal crash last evening involving a pickup and a bus carrying casino patrons. Police say the truck's driver was killed and 15 bus passengers were injured.
The brunt of the storm is expected to reach New York and New England tonight into tomorrow. Up to 14 inches of snow is forecast for the Boston area and the National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for New York's Long Island.
Forecasters say highs could be near zero in some places, and gusty winds will make it feel even colder.
176-a-14-(Richard Davey, secretary, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, at news conference)-"into the morning"-Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Richard Davey says travelers going through Logan Airport should check with their airlines. ((Watch for dating, refers to Thursday night as this evening)) (2 Jan 2014)
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174-a-10-(Governor Deval Patrick, D-Mass., at news conference)-"and into tomorrow"-Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says the state is preparing for a significant winter snow storm. ((Watch for dating, refers to Thursday and Friday as today and tomorrow)) (2 Jan 2014)
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175-a-10-(Governor Deval Patrick, D-Mass., at news conference)-"of the state"-Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says hazards from the winter storm could including flooding. (2 Jan 2014)
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154-a-08-(Karen Pride, spokeswoman, Chicago Department of Aviation, in AP interview)-"you leave home"-Chicago Aviation Department spokeswoman Karen Pride says passengers should always check with their airline about the status of their flights. (2 Jan 2014)
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149-a-11-(Daniel Baker, CEO, FlightAware, in AP interview)-"on the ground"-Daniel Baker of FlightAware.com says as a large winter storm moves toward New York and New England, passengers can expect more disruptions. (2 Jan 2014)
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APPHOTO MOSTP103: Elaine Gronewald, foreground, and Cory Bachesta, workers at the nearby Lou Fusz shop, help a stranded motorist on a slippery and hilly portion of a road Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Kirkwood, Mo., a St. Loius suburb. Snow began falling Wednesday and continued into Thursday morning, coating the ground with 2- to 5-inches. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT (2 Jan 2014)
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APPHOTO CTBRI103: Robert Sliwka and his daughter Natalie, 4, sled at Nelson's Field in Bristol, Conn., Thursday morning, Jan 2, 2014. As much as a foot of snow or more was forecast for some areas in the Northeast overnight Thursday into Friday, and temperatures were expected to plummet, with some areas seeing highs just above zero, according to the National Weather Service.(AP Photo/The Bristol Press, Mike Orazzi) (2 Jan 2014)
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APPHOTO CTBRI101: Connecticut Department of Transportation plows clear snow off of Route 183 in Torrington, Conn. Thursday morning, Jan. 2, 2014. As much as a foot of snow or more was forecast for some areas in the Northeast overnight Thursday into Friday, and temperatures were expected to plummet, with some areas seeing highs just above zero, according to the National Weather Service. (AP Photo/The Bristol Press, Mike Orazzi) (2 Jan 2014)
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