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East Coast winter storms affecting air travel

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Thousands of flights nationwide have been canceled or delayed because of a major winter storms.

A National Weather Service map of the storm showed possible effects hitting 20 states from Alabama to Maine. Winter storm warnings were issued for much of the Eastern Seaboard, while ice storm warnings were in effect in South Carolina and Georgia.

According to the website FlightAware.com, more than 4,500 flights have been canceled because of snow and ice at airports. The two main airports in Washington D.C. were completely shut down.

At least 30 arrivals and departures at DFW Airport were canceled Thursday morning, despite the beautiful weather in North Texas.

Richard Levine said he felt lucky because got on the only flight leaving Dallas for Newark. The other two were canceled. He'll have to take the long way home, but he's not complaining.

"I'm beginning my odyssey because originally I was supposed to head to JFK by way of DC and that was canceled yesterday and rebooked on United to Newark," he said. "But look at the bright side, I won't have to snow plow. My wife's gotta deal with that!"

For the Mid-Atlantic states and Northeast, the heavy weather is the latest in an unending drumbeat of storms that have depleted salt supplies and caused schools to run out of snow days.

Though the worst of the storm has largely passed for most in the South, some parts remained a world of ice-laden trees and driveways early Thursday. Hundreds of thousands are still without power, and at least 14 deaths were blamed on the weather.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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