People headed north, northeast from RDU told to check their flights

Call before you drive was the advice Raleigh-Durham International Airport officials are giving today to travelers who hope to get into the northeastern part of the country, where a blizzard could bring as much as 30 inches of snow in parts of New England.

Flights leaving RDU for New York, Newark, Boston and Toronto have already been cancelled this afternoon, as the storm moves up the coast.

Passengers should call their airlines to check on their flights if they are headed anywhere in the Northeast.

The National Weather Service says a “very intense” low-pressure area off the coast will merger with another storm moving east from the Great Lakes region to create a powerful nor’easter.

Eastern and southern New England could get up to 30 inches of snow, forecasters said, and storm-force winds were possible from Long Island north to eastern Massachusetts, making conditions anything but inviting for air travel.

RDU normally handles more than 400 flights a day to 40 cities.