November 27th, 2013
07:53 AM ET

Winter Storm Snarls Holiday Travel Plans

It's ugly out there. And it's only getting uglier.

"A massive and powerful Nor'easter pummeled the Northeast overnight, bringing heavy snow and rain and a causing dangerous icy roads," CNN Meteorologist Indra Petersons reports.

“Satellite images from space captured the storm at one point stretching from Florida to Nova Scotia, a storm that’s affecting more than 43 million travelers as they brave the elements to be with loved ones this Thanksgiving.”

This system isn't going away anytime soon. In fact, it could cause even more problems and headaches on Wednesday, especially if you are among the thousands at airports waiting and waiting and waiting to fly home for Thanksgiving.

That's because winds are forecast to pick up and sock densely populated places in the Northeast in the next day or so.

For air travelers, there is always a big trickle-down effect when places like New York's LaGuardia and Kennedy airports or those in Philadelphia and Boston experience wind delays. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

Nationwide, there are  currently about 150 delays. “That number is pretty low now. We expect that number will definitely go up,” CNN's Rene Marsh reports.

The most delays appear to be at CharlotteHartsfield and O'Hare, Marsh says. “The most cancellations that we're seeing [are at] Boston LoganNewark and LaGuardia.”

For drivers, big gusts mixed with drenching rains can slow things down any day. This storm system has already caused many accidents in the Midwest - some fatal. Now, drivers up and down the East Coast are facing the same dangers. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

On Road 287 South, CNN's Pamela Brown reports pooling and puddles on the roads, and even black ice further out west. "It's not too bad right now," she says, but traffic and rain is expected to pick up as the morning goes on, and clog the roads.

“So that of course could cause some issues," she says. "It could be a recipe for disaster. " 

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