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Winter Storm Niko has forced the cancelation of nearly 3,540 flights

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UPDATE 4:18pm EST: Winter storm Niko has forced the cancelation of 3,540 flights at some of the  busiest airports in the US, according to USA Today. More than 2,300 of those cancelations were announced Wednesday in anticipation of Niko.

Nearly 70 percent of the entire day's schedule at Boston's Logan International Airport have been grounded. In New York City, JFK International Airport canceled half of its flight itineraries.

Winter Storm Niko has forced the cancelation of nearly 3,540 flights

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Winter Storm Niko is expected to unleash its wrath on the northeast section of the United States beginning Wednesday night and lasting until Thursday, according to the Weather Channel. Precipitation could culminate up to a half of foot in major urban areas including Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia, severely limiting travel both on the road and in the sky.

As of midday Wednesday, nearly 1,700 flights within, into or out of the US have been canceled, according to FlightAware, an online service that compiles live flight data.

New York is deploying its special operations team.

JetBlue far surpassed its competitors when it comes to canceled flights. Nearly 59 percent, roughly 588 flights, have been canceled in anticipation of Winter Storm Niko. American Airlines has canceled 323 flights while Southwest has canceled 262.

As far as airports go, Boston's Logan International Airport appears to be the most affected by the blistery conditions with nearly 42 percent of flights canceled. John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York comes in a close second with 37 percent of flights canceled.

Winter storm warnings have been issued for all of southern New England, southward into eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and parts of northern Delaware and northern Maryland, the Weather Channel reported.

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