Over 3,500 flights have been canceled to and from the northeastern United States. Earlier today, it was reported that some flights were even canceled until next Sunday.
The affected regions include popular destinations on the east coast such as New York, New Jersey and Boston, according to the flight tracking website, FlightAware.
U.S. authorities declared a state of high alert in the northeast region of the country due to the proximity of a wet subtropical system rising from the Gulf Coast that can produce a potentially devastating winter storm.
Forecasters are predicting the storm to wreak havoc in the region. The devastation could be the worst seen since the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy last year, according to officials.
Most of the canceled flights on Friday were to New York-area airports such as JFK and LaGuardia.
Many airlines have stated that they will waive the fees that are normally charged when re-booking flights with non-refundable tickets.
Based on information from the latest forecasts, the worst weather should hit Boston at about 5 p.m. on Friday and could last until Saturday morning. All vehicles, with the exception of emergency vehicles, are required to be off the roads in Massachusetts by 4 p.m.
In New York, the greatest snowfall is expected to start at 7 p.m. Friday, with heights reaching up to one foot.