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Updated Feb 8, 2013 - 10:40 am

Northeast blizzard puts freeze on Phoenix flights

Terminal 2 at Phoenix Sky Harbor is a ghost town Friday Feb. 8, 2013. Airlines were cancelling flights to the northeast, which was anticipatin a major snowstorm. (KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX -- In sunny Phoenix, Eric Leiser sits at Sky Harbor Airport and waits for a snowstorm to hit the East Coast.

That snowstorm, expected to be a major blizzard, began to fall Friday and shut down 28 flights at Phoenix Sky Harbor, including Leiser's United flight to New York.

Across the country, 4,000 flights to the northeast have been cancelled.

"I lived through [Hurricane] Sandy, I've been through a lot of disasters in New York since I moved there from California and I'm not looking forward to another 'super' whatever," Leiser said.

Leiser said he's hoping for next available flight out. Airlines are crossing their fingers that flights will resume Saturday. Barring that, he'd consider buying a bus or train ticket to get home.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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