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Snowstorm Quickly Pushes U.S. Airline Cancellations Past 2,000

Snow is cleared in Times Square, New York City, on Jan. 7. A winter storm has blanketed the Northeast.

Snow is cleared in Times Square, New York City, on Jan. 7. A winter storm has blanketed the Northeast.

Photographer: Richard Drew/AP Photo 

Airlines canceled 2,274 U.S. flights early Friday as a winter storm shut government offices in Washington, closed schools in Boston and blanketed the rest of the Northeast.

The cancellations marked the fifth day this month with more than 2,000 scrubbed flights, as a jump in coronavirus infections made it especially difficult for airlines to keep operations fully staffed. Since Dec. 24, more than 25,800 have been scrapped, according to FlightAware.com