Airlines canceled more than 2,700 U.S. flights on Sunday as a winter storm combining strong winds and ice was due to hit the U.S. east coast over the holiday weekend.
Flights canceled by 12:30 pm ET Sunday included more than 2,700 flights arriving, departing from or within the United States, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.com. The data showed that more than 1,500 flights were delayed.
American Airlines Group Inc. canceled over 600 flights. Nearly 95 percent of flights from Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, the hub of American Airlines, have been canceled, according to the website FlightAware.
American Airlines allows weather-affected customers to rebook without a fee.
The National Weather Service said a severe winter storm will hit the eastern United States from Sunday to Monday. The greatest amount of snowfall was expected along the Appalachian range, as well as in the lower Great Lakes.
The most severe icing was expected over the Carolinas, with significant impacts on travel in these regions, according to the NWS. About 74 million people had been warned about winter weather as of Saturday evening, according to the NWS.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp tweeted Sunday that people should avoid non-essential travel to areas hit by the storm. The governors of Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina declared a state of emergency due to the storm.