Travelers Getting Home After Flight Delays

Storm moves east, could cause more cancellations or delays

Travelers are finally getting to their destinations after flight cancellations in North Texas, but the storm could mean more travel headaches as it moves east.

Airlines canceled 180 flights at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Monday morning because of weather forecasts and because some aircraft were not in place. And in anticipation of ice, more than 330 flights, about a third of the airport's daily departures, were canceled on Sunday.

But most travelers were getting out later Monday.

Mimi Rose, who has been trying to get home since Sunday, will do so Monday night.

"I am so ready, so ready to be there," she said. "[I] don't like hanging out in airports."

But the storm is now taking aim at the East Coast and could snarl travel again. Some of the country's busiest airports -- New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston and Charlotte, N.C. -- could see big delays.

Tom Kines, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, said it will be "primarily a rain event" for the East Coast, with up to three inches of rain dousing travelers.

"The further inland you get -- especially as you get into that higher terrain -- you are going to deal with frozen precipitation," Kines said.

Snow could fall in western Pennsylvania and the interior of New England. Up to 9 inches could blanket northern parts of West Virginia, where the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning from Tuesday morning through Wednesday afternoon.

American Airlines hopes bad weather does not hit cities where it has a lot of traffic, such as New York City.

"I realize it is Thanksgiving week, and I wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving," flight dispatcher Bob Brodin said. "We are going to run every flight we can."

In anticipation of the storm, Delta and US Airways have modified their change-fee policies for affected travelers:

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