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Giant snow storm on East Coast causes some LAX flight cancellations

At least 17 flights that were scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport were canceled Monday morning after a massive winter storm wreaked havoc on the East Coast.

The canceled flights had been scheduled to fly to LAX from airports in Washington D.C., New York and New Jersey, among others.

In a Twitter message Monday morning, Ronald Reagan National Airport said runways were closed as crews made a "herculean effort" to clear snow.

The winter storm marched toward the East Coast on Sunday night, prompting airlines to preemptively cancel 1,500 flights scheduled for Monday.

By 11:55 a.m. PST Monday a total of 2,756 flights set to fly into, out of or within the United States had been canceled, according to the website FlightAware, which tracks flight cancellations.

Officials at LAX advised any passengers with flights scheduled for Monday to contact their airlines for the latest information on their flights.

The storm has prompted a strong response from government officials; the governors of New Jersey, Mississippi, and Delaware declared states of emergency. 

Part of the massive system moving east came from the rainstorms that doused California last week and over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

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