Weather delays travel home for thousands

***FILE*** Passengers walk through Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The first significant snowstorm of the season blanketed some parts of the Midwest with more than a foot of snow and more was on the way Saturday, creating hazardous travel conditions and flight delays. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

DALLAS (AP) – The weather is already causing delays and cancellations for hundreds of flights, as the busy holiday travel crunch gets into full swing.

Rain and fog in the Northeast caused nearly 200 flight delays this morning in Boston, New York and Washington – the busiest part of the country’s airspace. Rain in Chicago and Atlanta caused some delays in those cities too.

Severe storms that ripped through Mississippi and Alabama, however, had little impact on air travel since no major airports are in the two states.

There were about 600 delays and 16 cancelations by noon, according to flight tracking site FlightAware. More than 21,000 flights were scheduled for today, and a typical day sees about 150 cancelations and 4,000 delays.

Airlines expect about 38 million passengers over a 17-day period spanning Christmas and New Year’s, an increase of about 3 percent, according to an industry trade group, Airlines for America. The group says the average flight could be 90 percent full.

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