"More than 800 flights have been canceled as the first of two winter storms takes hold in a 'blockbuster' blizzard.
Travel has already been affected with the number of flights axed increasing throughout Friday, as shown on flight-tracking site FlightAware.com.
Flight delays into or out of the United States stood at more 2,600 Friday afternoon and the one-two punch of storms has the potential to severely snarl travel over the long weekend for Martin Luther King Jr Day.
To date, 100 million people are under some form of a winter storm watch, warning or advisory across the United States.
The first of two winter storms hit the Midwest of the country overnight - but it's just a 'nuisance' compared to the 'blockbuster' blizzard that will arrive over the weekend.
It swung through the Midwest to the Northeast through Friday bringing a couple of inches of snow to Pennsylvania and New England states. Light snow fell in major metro areas on the East Coast causing little disruption to Friday morning's commute.
But the second storm, forecast for the weekend, is expected to be far more dangerous and disruptive.
The second storm will exit the Rockies and likely will begin to drop snow late on Friday across Kansas.
The 'blockbuster' blizzard will take hold on Saturday and Sunday, and people are advised to complete any necessary errands beforehand.
According to AccuWeather, the storm could cause a buildup of ice exceeding a quarter of an inch from parts of northern Virginia to the southern coast of New England. "
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