Monitoring flights as first winter storm moves through

West Bay

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — With the first winter storm arriving Sunday afternoon we are tracking the potential impacts this weather could have on area airports.

It appears many travelers are checking their flight status. For a brief time around noon on Sunday the flight status page crashed due to heavy use.

This issue was quickly fixed and it’s back to normal operation.

Screenshot of T.F. Green’s website during high-traffic, causing the site to crash around noon on Sunday.

Those scheduled to fly out of Southern New England today or Monday should closely monitor their flight status throughout the day for any changes.

Eyewitness News went to T.F. Green Airport Sunday afternoon where most travelers weren’t phased by the incoming storm. While others felt a bit uneasy.

“I have a very important meeting tomorrow morning — I am a little worried I am not going to make it,” said Michelle Kaveny of Cumberland, RI.

Judy Lawrence of Naples, Florida echoed the same message, “We were very concerned we weren’t going to make it.”

These are valid concerns as thousands of flights have been delayed and hundreds have been canceled across the nation.

“I am heading to Fort Wayne, Indiana and I am going through Chicago,” said Kaveny. “Keep your fingers crossed I make it!”

As for Judy Lawrence, she hopes to beat the storm and get home to sunny Florida.

“We are actually moving tomorrow,” she said. “We have moving people waiting — But, I think we are going to get out.”

All of this occurring on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

AAA estimates 4.45-million people traveled by air for the Thanksgiving weekend.

Boston Logan International Airport and Bradley International have already begun reporting a handful of delays and cancelations.

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