Thousands of flights cancelled ahead of winter storm

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Brace yourselves — and get comfortable.

A winter storm that is expected to wallop the northeastern US with snow, ice and wind has already caused more than 4,400 flight cancellations across the country.

FlightAware, which tracks flight cancellations, said that 1,264 flights within, into or out of the US have been called off for today. Meanwhile almost 3,200 flights have already been cancelled for tomorrow – when the full brunt of the storm is expected to hit mid-Atlantic and New England states, including New York City, Washington, D.C. and Boston.

New York City public schools will also be closed on Tuesday, city officials said.

The nor’easter, dubbed Winter Storm Stella, is expected to bring “very heavy snow, ice, strong winds and dangerous travel conditions” from the middle Atlantic through New England, bringing as much as 12-18 inches of snow– or up to 2 feet in some of the hardest-hit areas, according to the National Weather Service.

Map courtesy of the National Weather Service

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