CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A storm system moving toward the Tri-State Area was expected to bring snow, wind and rain.

Heavy winds were whipping up in the area on Wednesday night, with rain and snow expected to begin in earnest later.  The same system had already made its mark on the mid-Atlantic states, dumping several inches of snow in Virginia.

By 9 p.m., LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy International, and Newark-Liberty International airports were experiencing delays of 2 to 2 1/2 hours, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

At least 254 flights were canceled at the three airports, and more than 2,200 were canceled nationwide as a result of the storm.

A total of 4,080 Tri-State Area power customers were in the dark at 9 p.m., power company officials said.

Preparations were well underway Wednesday with the biggest concern along the coast being flooding, especially in areas still struggling since Superstorm Sandy.

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