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You're probably aware that the South is having a rough day after being hit hard by snow and ice. (My in-aws got about 8 inches in South Carolina and it's still coming down. That's a blizzard for them!) Lots of cancellations at Atlanta-Hartsfield, one of the world's busiest airports, with AirTran halting all flights into and out of ATL and Delta canceling more than 1,000 flights.

The effects are no doubt reverberating nationwide. The same storm system is expected to move up the coast tonight and into tomorrow, possibly bringing Baltimore region its first significant snow of the season. So far, no schedule cancelations ahead of the weather for BWI. Southwest is going with a "possibility" of delays and disruption.

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On Southwest, travelers who have a Tuesday flight for BWI or IAD (Dulles) can reschedule without penalty. Those traveling to PHL on Tuesday or Wednesday can also reschedule. Ditto for JetBlue customers. At this point, AirTran doesn't have a waiver in place for Baltimore. Still, BWI is ready to spring into action to keep those runways clear.

"BWI will have its snow removal team on hand at the airport tomorrow, prepared to handle whatever winter weather Mother Nature may send this way," says Jonathan Dean, spokesperson for the BWI Airport.

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Dean says the incoming storm may dump more snow on major cities to the north, which could further complicate travel. But unline the late December storm, he says, this week's weather "would occur outside the busy holiday travel period. The airlines may have a little additional flexibility to handle passengers impacted by possible flight cancellations."

Dean says travelers should check their flight status with the airline before heading to the airport. And of course, if you're headed out today or early tomorrow, you might want to consider parking under cover at BWI's Daily Garage or Hourly Garage.

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