Northern weather system disrupts flights to Southwest Florida

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Alyssa Stoeke, center, waits with her sister, Annie, left, and mother, Denise, right, for her flight to Chicago at Southwest Florida International Airport on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 in Fort Myers, Fla. Due to weather, Alyssa's flight to Chicago was delayed 45 minutes. She hopes that it will not be canceled.

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Dania Maxwell/Staff Alyssa Stoeke, center, waits with her sister, Annie, left, and mother, Denise, right, for her flight to Chicago at Southwest Florida International Airport on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 in Fort Myers, Fla. Due to weather, Alyssa's flight to Chicago was delayed 45 minutes. She hopes that it will not be canceled.

— Southwest Florida didn't escape the effects of a weather system that went through the Midwest on Wednesday, dumping 12 to 18 inches of snow as it headed toward the Northeast.

At Southwest Florida International Airport, 11 out of about 250 flights were canceled Wednesday, said Victoria Moreland, spokeswoman for the Fort Myers airport.

Nationally, more than 1,200 flights were canceled by midday, FlightAware.com reported. Some airlines said they would waive change fees. Delays of more than an hour were reported at the three New York City-area airports, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

In Southwest Florida, canceled arrivals and departures included AirTran flights from Indianapolis, Columbus, Akron-Canton and Pittsburgh. More than a dozen flights, both inbound and outbound, were delayed, she said.

The aircraft for the affected flights each had more than 100 seats, she said.

"The best thing people can do is check their carrier's website," Moreland said of tacking flight status.

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