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More snow adds to Northeast winter travel woes

Amy Langfield

Amid curses about the "Groundhog Day"-like nature of the weather forecast, the Northeast on Tuesday was getting hit with yet another storm that was tying up commuters and travelers.

More than 700 flights were canceled and 3,200 were delayed Tuesday morning, according to FlightAware, a tracking service. (See the latest air travel status here.)

"Unlike the storms in the last few weeks that had a huge impact, this is more typical of the winter storms that we normally see impacting East coast airports," FlightAware CEO Danial Baker said to CNBC in an email. "It's a fast moving Nor'easter that's only caused a few hundred cancellations and is expected to be out of the area by this evening."

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"Also I should add that although the cancellations won't be as huge, we do expect significant delays all day and night in and out of the Northeast due to runway configurations and deicing delays. Many of these delays will cascade through the airline system and can cause delays throughout the U.S. today, particularly in the afternoon," he said.

Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey was at the center of the cancellation storm with 24 percent of its departing flights for the day canceled even before daybreak. New York City's LaGuardia Airport, Philadelphia International Airport and Cleveland-Hopkins International followed with more than 20 out-bound cancellations each. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground-stop order at Philadelphia that was lifted shortly before 7:30 a.m. EST due to snow and ice, the airport tweeted. LaGuardia warned of arrival delays up to two hours.

Regional carrier ExpressJet, which is owned by Skywest (SKYW) and operates as United Express, Delta Connection, and American Eagle, had the most cancellations early Tuesday, at 184.

The National Weather Service said the fast-moving storm would jab the Northeast with freezing rain, sleet and snow with accumulations ranging from 3-6-inches from Pennsylvania to Maine. The storm arrives as most regions have yet to thaw banks of ice and snow from several weeks of worse-than-usual winter weather.

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By 6 a.m. no service disruptions had been reported for Amtrak trains, Greyhound or Megabus inter-city bus lines. But New Jersey Transit buses warned of delays due to the snow.

By Friday, 97,400 U.S. flights had already been canceled this winter, according to masFlight, a data and software company specializing in airline and airport operations. In the airspace around New York City, airlines have canceled more flights this year than during the same time period of the past two years combined, NY1 reported based on FlightAware data.

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-By CNBC's Amy Langfield. Follow her on Twitter at @AmyLangfield.

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