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Hundreds of flights canceled at BWI Friday as snowfall looms; All MTA service suspended from midnight until Monday

Travelers passing through Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport should prepare for canceled and delayed flights starting Friday, airport officials said.

"We expect the airlines to suspend service starting this afternoon into this evening. We will likely see no commercial airline service on Saturday," said Jonathan Dean, the airport spokesman on Friday morning.

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Marylanders are bracing for a winter storm forecast to dump more than two feet of snow on the region. The heaviest snowfall is expected to begin Friday evening.

The storm will impact the approximately 275 daily departures and 275 arrivals at BWI on Saturday, Dean said. Those scheduled to fly this weekend are urged to check with their airline.

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By Friday morning, several airlines already canceled flights scheduled to depart this afternoon and evening. The airport's website showed more than 200 flights canceled.

By Thursday afternoon, A majority of 11 airlines at BWI offered to waive fees for travelers who want to reschedule flights and avoid the snow, said Jonathan Dean, the airport spokesman.

"We do anticipate impacts to airline flights," he said.

Southwest Airlines said in a statement Friday that it "is carefully tracking the winter storm system affecting our operation in the Northeast and Central United States."

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On Thursday, the airline said it had canceled almost 400 flights of the 3,600 scheduled for Friday.

American Airlines emailed its passengers and canceled all flights Saturday at BWI. American Airlines flights are expected to resume Sunday at noon.

Southwest Airlines plans to discontinue flights around 3 p.m. Friday and, tentatively, resume Sunday morning, said Melanie Jones, a Southwest spokeswoman.

At BWI, Dean also urged weekend travelers to park in the hourly and daily garages. The garages offer 10,000 covered spaces.

Meanwhile, Amtrak trains will maintain routine schedules Friday. Some trains, however, may be delayed Saturday and Sunday, said Kimberly Woods, an Amtrak spokeswoman.

"We will adjust accordingly," she said.

Riders may check the status of their trains at amtrak.com, or call 800-usa-rail.

The Charm City Circulator will suspend service at 6 p.m. Friday until further notice due to the weather, according to the Baltimore City Department of Transportation.

The following bus routes will be operating on Friday, according to the Maryland Transit Administration: Local Bus routes: 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 13, 15, 16, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27, 36, 44, 51, 52, 54, 57, 64, and 91.

All three MARC lines will operate on the "S" schedule Friday, and there will be no MARC Penn Line weekend service, the MTA said.

Paul W. Comfort, MTA administrator said Friday all services, including local and commuter buses, light rail, and Metro subway , will suspend at midnight through the rest of the weekend. Service will resume again Monday.

"Everything will be off the street for the next 48 hours," for safety of it customers and operators, Comfort said. MTA has only shut down all service three times in the last 40 years.

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