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The monster blizzard predicted to bury the northeastern U.S. has been downgraded to a winter storm advisory, but it's still strong enough to cancel thousands of flights to and from the East Coast.

A check of airline flight stats at Detroit Metropolitan Airport Tuesday morning showed dozens of cancellations of flights arriving from/departing for New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Newark, N.J., Hartford, Conn., Albany, N.Y., Allentown, Penn., Providence, R.I., Washington, D.C., Elmira, N.Y., and Portland, Maine.

Flights to the southern, midwestern and West Coast of the U.S. have been unaffected by the storm, which swept into the northeastern corridor on Monday night.

Despite the number of cancellations, Metro Airport shows a delay index of 2.75, which represents a moderate delay rating based on on-time performance at the airport.

(The delay index score ranges in value from 0 to 5. The higher the number, the more likely it is that your departure will be disrupted by delays or cancellations.)

"My advice to travelers is to check the status of their flight on their airline's home page before heading to the airport," Metro Airport spokesman Michael Conway said. "It is much more quick and efficient than trying the 800 numbers."

Forecasts on Sunday and Monday warned that the Northeast could receive 1 to 3 feet of snow starting Monday evening and into Tuesday. While the massive storm did close schools, freeways, transportation systems, airports and city services, it proved to be far less destructive than predicted.

According to the National Weather Service snow totals across the Northeast, were varied as of 7 a.m., including: Danbury, Conn., 3 inches; 7 inches in Groton, Conn.; 3.3 inches at Newark, N.J.; 6.3 inches at the Central Park Zoo in New York; and 18.2 inches at Islip Airport, N.Y.

More are: 10 inches in Providence, R.I.; Portland, Maine, 2.5 inches; 11.8 inches in Boston; and 4.3 inches in Philadelphia.

Forecasters warned that hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses could lose power due to the storm, but luckily the actual numbers were much smaller, such as in Massachusetts were 10,000 were without electricity.

Both DTE Energy Co. and Consumers Power reported they were sending 300 crewmen to the East Coast to help as needed.

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

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