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Winter weather plays havoc on SRQ, Tampa air travel

MANATEE -- Local travelers already are feeling the effects of a massive winter storm now rolling through the Midwest.

Airlines have canceled 70 flights at two local airports so far today in preparation for the storm, which is expected to blast the mid-Atlantic and Northeast well into Wednesday.

At Tampa International Airport, 62 flights had been canceled as of 8:30 a.m. today, spokeswoman Brenda Geoghagen said. The casualties included 29 arrivals and 33 departures.

“It’s all over the place, from Pittsburgh to New York to St. Louis and Kansas City to Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Baltimore,” she said. “It’s everywhere.”

At Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, the cancellations included eight late-morning to early-evening flights to and from Boston, Chicago and New York.

Airports in Oklahoma City and Tulsa were both closed as airlines canceled thousands of flights at other Midwestern airports. In Texas, the destination for thousands trying to get to the Super Bowl on Sunday, Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport was closed for about an hour so crews could treat runways glazed over with ice.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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