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The Snowy Ripple Effect!

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The ripple effect. It's not new, but it's annoying if you're caught up in it. The "ripple," in this case, is the impact of the big snowstorm back east on flights in and out of LAX and other West Coast airports.

The effect?  Heavy snow in 22 states affecting 100 million people triggers air travel delays and cancellations. LAX Spokeswoman Mary Grady says it's happened all day and hard to know what lies ahead. "If the storm stalls" she says, "that could cause further problems" for travelers. "If it moves through fast airports will be able to recover" says Grady.

According to a press release issued by LAX officials this second day of the new year is one of the busiest days of the holiday season for travel as people go home from extended vacations. They anticipate some 200,000 will pass thru LAX by the end of the day, but the bad weather is making things more problematic for travelers. Although it's not clear how much is weather-related, website TravelAware.com reports some 6000 air traffic delays within the U.S. and over 2000 cancellations. Old man winter and Mother Nature seem to be making a mess of the second day of 2014 and tomorrow could be just as complicated.

LAX officials say check with your airline carrier on the status of flights during this winter storm.

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