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Major weather system cancels hundreds of flights, snarls traffic nationwide

4:14 PM, Dec 23, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Just days before Christmas, the First Coast is experiencing an early present.

Locally, there do not appear to be any major travel headaches like those being reported across the United States and Canada. Thirty-five states have been impacted by a severe weather system that has led to tornadoes, ice storms and flooding.

More than a dozen people have been killed, while dozens of others are injured. The weather has also led to several hundred flight cancellations and more than 5,000 delays.

But record warmth is the story for people in Florida and Georgia as temperatures climbed into the 80s over the weekend.

Jacksonville International Airport did not report any delays or cancellations early Monday morning. But, you should take the necessary precautions when checking your travel plans.

Christie Hyde with 511, Florida's traveling information system, told First Coast News planning ahead is a must.

"Know what's happening on the roadways. Check 511 before you get on the roads because you might want to make smart travel decisions. Maybe you want to wait, see if traffic clears up a little bit, or maybe you want to leave a little later, a little earlier," she said.

You can also stay ahead of the storm by signing up for text and tablet alerts from First Coast News.

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