All that bad weather is having no direct effect on Coastal Carolina Regional Airport, but if you're traveling northward you need to check to be sure your connecting flights still exist.

All that bad weather is having no direct effect on Coastal Carolina Regional Airport, but if you’re traveling northward you need to check to be sure your connecting flights still exist.

That’s the advice of airport director Andy Shorter.

The local airport only flies into two cities – Delta flights go to Atlanta while American flights head for Charlotte. Neither of those cities is under the severe weather that more northern, especially seaboard, cities are experiencing.

“The 10:15 plane that came in today was 20 minutes late,” Shorter said, “but that can happen on any day. Everything else came in on time today.”

But thousands of flights have been cancelled at airports from Dulles in Washington D.C. to Boston on Tuesday and more will likely be cancelled Wednesday.

“That whole knockout effect will spread like an amoeba across the country,” Shorter said.

According to a CNBC report, the National Weather Service on Monday had predicted 15 to 20 inches of snowfall for Tuesday in New York City. That prediction, it turns out, was overstated – Tuesday’s forecasts call for 1-3 inches in New York and 5-8 inches in Boston.

But that doesn’t change the facts that large numbers of flights were cancelled. Based on what he has heard, Shorter said from 1,000 to 1,500 flights have been cancelled at several major airports each.

“What I think the airlines have done, they tend to cancel preemptively now more than they used to,” he said, because airlines can recover from early cancellations more easily and don’t end up with stranded pilots.

Many ticket holders will receive e-mail or text alerts regarding any entanglements in their flights, but those who don’t are encouraged to call the 800-numbers to their airlines and double check their flights.

Shorter estimated that airports should be back to regular schedules by Thursday.

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