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KENNER, La. - On Friday, a serious winter storm was fast approaching the northeast, and airports were preparing for the worst. Crews staged snow plows and salt trucks.

Meanwhile, the impending storm canceled thousands of flights across the country, impacting those vacationing during the Carnival holiday and those visiting to join in on the festivities.

Nearly 40,000 people went through Louis Armstrong International Airport on the Monday after the Super Bowl.

And less than a week later, the airport expects to see a high volume of commuters as most flights to the city are packed during the main weekend of Carnival.

Officials recommend travelers arrive at the airport two hours in advance of their flight.

By 7 a.m., three flights out of Armstrong Airport to LaGuardia, JFK and Newark had been canceled. At least four to six more flights are expected to be canceled in the afternoon.

Nationally, at least 2,600 flights to or from the northeast were canceled through Saturday. This will spread delays and cancellations throughout the entire system.

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