Drivers got caught in monumental traffic jams and abandoned their cars Wednesday in North Carolina in a replay of what happened in Atlanta just two weeks ago. (Feb. 13)

As another winter mass moves across the nation's northeastern region bringing snow and freezing temperatures, flight disruptions are continuing Thursday at South Florida airports and others nationwide.

There were 113 flight delays and 135 cancellations at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as of 2 p.m. spokesman Greg Meyer said.

The delays are up to five hours in duration, Meyer noted. 

Affected cities included Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Philadelphia, New York and Montreal.


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At Palm Beach International Airport, several arriving and departing flights were also listed as canceled Thursday shortly before 11 a.m., according to flight tracking information on its website.

Further south Miami International Airport,  had 128 cancellations and 22 delayed flights as of 4 p.m., spokeswoman Maria Elena Levrant said.  The destinations  affected included Hartford, Newark, Richmond, Charleston, Atlanta, Charlotte and Washington, D.C., she added.

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Hundreds of thousands of people were without power in the southeast, a day after the storm arrived bringing heavy ice accumulations that downed electric lines and made driving treacherous.

The Washington, D.C., area awoke to its heaviest snowfall of the winter. The federal government was closed, along with school districts in the area.

Washington's bus service was suspended, and residents were advised to stay home if possible rather than risk a commute through snow accumulations of as much as a foot throughout the area.

In Connecticut, Governor Dannel Malloy ordered non-essential workers to stay home on Thursday.

The northeast has endured a series of winter storms this year, straining city and state budgets for snow removal as plow crews rack up overtime and inventories of salt for keeping roads clear of ice grow thin.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio raised the city's expected winter weather budget by 60 percent to $92 million, funding that will go towards supplies, maintenance, equipment repairs, salt and fuel.

The city's Sanitation Department had called on reinforcement crews who are paid an hourly wage to help shovel out sidewalks, fire hydrants and other snow-blocked areas.

"Snow laborers help us in bigger storms, concentrating on areas where people are walking, hydrants. Areas where vehicle equipment can't reach," said Belinda Mager, a department spokeswoman.

The city's public schools remained open, which came as a relief for one New Yorker, Lori Hiller, an elementary school social worker in Brooklyn who has two children in high school.

"We live in New York. It's February. There would be no reason to close schools," Hiller said.

Winter storm warnings were in effect from North Carolina to Maine, with the National Weather Service warning of "hazardous" road conditions throughout the region. As much as 8 inches was forecast to fall from eastern Pennsylvania to Maine, with accumulations reaching a foot in places.

About 5,066 domestic U.S. flights were canceled and another roughly 636 were delayed on Thursday, with Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport the hardest hit, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.com.

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