New snow storm cancels thousands of United States flights

A plane taxis into its gate at Boston's Logan International Airport after the area was hit by Winter Storm Juno last week. Another storm is hitting the US Northeast today that is cancelling flights and causing havoc from Chicago to Cleveland and agai
A plane taxis into its gate at Boston's Logan International Airport after the area was hit by Winter Storm Juno last week. Another storm is hitting the US Northeast today that is cancelling flights and causing havoc from Chicago to Cleveland and again to Boston and New York. -- PHOTO: AFP 

NEW YORK (AFP) - More than 3,000 flights were cancelled on Monday as a fresh winter storm dumped snow, sleet and freezing rain across the northeastern United States.

The worst affected airports are Chicago O'Hare International, Newark in New Jersey, New York's LaGuardia and Boston Logan International, according to tracking website flightaware.com.

The National Weather Service said a strong storm system would bring widespread snow from the Great Lakes region to the northeastern state of Maine with between 15 and 30 centimetres expected.

The northeastern city of Boston declared a snow emergency and closed schools. Schools were also closed in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and other large cities.

In New York, America's largest city of eight million, commuters were warned to expect travel delays.