Winter Storms Snarl LAX Air Traffic

Travelers at Los Angeles International Airport are experiencing delays.

Updated: 9:07 p.m. with more current information.

Winter storms pummeled much of the Midwest, South and Northeast with rain and snow, snarling air traffic and creating flight delays from coast to coast -- including Los Angeles International Airport.

Takeoff delays grew Wednesday and caused frustration for travelers departing LAX on the second busiest travel day of the year, according to Marshall Lowe of Los Angeles World Airways.

By evening, 8 flights to Philadelphia were being delayed, spokesman Albert Rodriguez said.

As of noon, LAX was reporting takeoff delays of more than an hour for flights bound for Newark, and to New York's Kennedy International. Flights to Philadelphia are being delayed by more than three-and-a-half hours.

No flights are being allowed to depart LAX for New York's LaGuardia or Dallas-Ft. Worth International before 12:30 p.m. PST.

Other cities were also affected. Lowe urges caution as holiday travelers head home, and urged them to contact their airlines for delays and possible cancellations.


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