Winter Storm Stella wreaks havoc on travel plans

A worker plows a walkway on the Hudson River waterfront near Frank Sinatra Park Tuesday

A worker plows a walkway on the Hudson River waterfront near Frank Sinatra Park Tuesday

With so much heavy snow in the forecast airlines are canceling flights.

As of 7:30 a.m., ET, FlightAware said more than 7,746 flights have been canceled, impacting at least 400,000 travelers.

According to the latest update from the National Weather Service, a powerful nor'easter will bring very heavy snow, ice, strong winds and unsafe travel conditions from the Middle Atlantic to New England through Tuesday. Another 23 flights scheduled to arrive in New Orleans are canceled. But it's not just not flights into and out of the Northeast that are impacted.

Airport officials say they typically have 50 flights out in a day, but now they'll be lucky to get two.

The National Weather Service says the storm will drop more than a foot of snow across much of the upstate region, with some areas getting up to 18 inches and higher elevations in the lower Hudson Valley expected to get 2 feet or more.

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Flights from Charlotte to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia were also canceled. Above-ground train service has been suspended. The airline has a hub at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and a domestic hub at LaGuardia Airport.

These flights were canceled Tuesday: United Flights 3528 and 3671 to EWR in Newark.

Chicago, which dealt with winter weather earlier this week, still had roughly 400 cancellations at O'Hare International Airport and 100 at Chicago Midway International Airport.

Travelers with existing reservations and those wanting to change a flight and snag an empty seat before the snow began to fall were hopeful they could have get out of Boston, but hundreds of flights had already been canceled.