A strong storm struck much of the eastern United States on Wednesday, complicating holiday travel plans for many of the 43 million Americans who filled the nation's highways, airports, and train and bus stations.
Heavy winds at all three New York area airports -- LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark-Liberty -- resulted in delays of about an hour, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Here, a woman waits with her luggage at a check-in area at LaGuardia Airport.
The storm bumped more than 6,000 flights off schedule and forced 271 cancellations Tuesday. Early Wednesday, another 95 flights were canceled. Here, people walk through a wet Union Square in New York.
Snow already blanketed parts of the Midwest, where crews scrambled to clear slick roads that caused scores of accidents.
CNN iReporter Danny Murphy took this photo of heavy snowfall in Hazleton, Iowa, on Monday.
Another photo from Hazleton, Iowa.
Up to a foot of snow was expected in parts of western New York and Pennsylvania.
CNN iReporter Greg Moijca snapped this photo of his backyard in Buffalo, N.Y., on Wednesday.
A salt truck tries to keep up with the heavy snow that fell in Cleveland on Tuesday night.
The storm bumped more than 6,000 flights off schedule and forced 271 cancellations on Tuesday. By early Wednesday, another 95 flights were canceled.
Road conditions were not great in much of the Northeast.
Last week, 12 people died, most of them in car crashes, when one of the fronts making up the current storm iced roads from the Rockies to Texas and Oklahoma. More than 100 vehicles ended up in wrecks.
"I get on the highway, and the next thing I know I'm spinning," said Seqret Watson, among the dozens of drivers in Northwest Arkansas sent sliding when their cars hit icy bridges and roads. "I try to grab my wheel and then I just hit the wall. Just jumped out to make sure my kids were OK," Watson told affiliate KFSM.
Using the weather as a marketing tool, Amtrack was actually adding seats on some routes Wednesday. It expected to carry about 140,000 passengers, double its normal volume for a Wednesday.
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