WASHINGTON (AP) — Many flights have been canceled out of Washington-area airports because of a massive blizzard roaring through the Midwest and Northeast.

WRC-TV in Washington said Wednesday that travelers at Reagan National Airport have been scrambling to rebook flights, but that many were forced to spend the night in the terminal. The station says one group of students from Norway ended up with a new booking that had them taking five flights to reach their final destination in the Dominican Republic.

Flight tracking service FlightAware said on its website that it had logged about 5,000 cancellations nationwide by early Wednesday.

Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, a major U.S. hub, remains closed until Thursday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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