Ice, snow promise travel gridlock across Midwest, Northeast

Another severe ice and snowstorm blew through the Midwest and Northeast on Wednesday, grounding more than 2,000 flights before daybreak as states of emergency were declared in many regions to keep people off the roads.

“The storm is having a huge impact on air travel in the Northeast,” FlightAware CEO Daniel Baker said in an email to CNBC.

By 9 a.m. EST, more than 2,300 flights were canceled and 2,700 delayed. Airports in New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia posted the most disruptions. (See the latest air travel status here.)

“If you can avoid travel this AM, do it!” the National Weather Service tweeted.

Many airlines eased their policies and fees on changing flights, including UnitedAmericaDelta and JetBlue.

Forecasters predicted 115 million people in 32 states would be in the path of the storm, which was dropping snow and ice likely to down tree limbs and cut power in some areas. In New Jersey, salt supplies for the roads were also running low, NBCNews reported.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned all commercial and passenger vehicles from Interstate 84. “As this winter storm progresses, safety continues to be our top priority,” Cuomo said in a statement. “I urge all New Yorkers to stay off the roads and monitor news and weather reports throughout the day for updates.”

(Read more: Wicked winter weather chills U.S. economy, stocks)

Amtrak shut down service on its Keystone route between Philadelphia, and Harrisburg, Pa., according to a tweet from its Northeast Corridor account. New Jersey Transit and Metro North commuter trains into New York City were reporting significant delays due to weather and at least one disabled train.

On Monday, masFlight issued a report stating that January’s weather-related travel disruptions cost passengers more than $2.5 billion and airlines $75 million to $150 million, About 30 million passengers ran into canceled and delayed flights last month, according to the report by the cloud-based data and software company specializing in airline operations.

—By CNBC’s Amy Langfield. Follow her on Twitter at @AmyLangfield.

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