Orlando International Airport gears up for busy travel weekend

Published On: Dec 20 2012 03:09:18 PM EST
Updated On: Dec 21 2012 12:27:59 PM EST

Orlando International Airport is expected to have its busiest travel day for the holiday weekend and major delays are already expected for morning flights.

ORLANDO, Fla. -

Orlando International Airport is expected to have its busiest travel weekend, but Friday appeared to be going smoothly.

Adding to the high traffic travel day, a weakening blizzard has wreaked havoc throughout the Midwest, causing flight delays and tens of thousands of power outages. The National Weather Service said the storm has weakened and it isn't expected to affect flights Friday.

Long lines formed at OIA at security checkpoints early Friday morning, so travelers are urged to arrive early to make their flights. If you do have to wait, OIA has scheduled live performers over the next few days to help calm frazzled nerves and put travelers in the holiday spirit-even if their flights are canceled.

Several flights to Chicago, Kansas City and Milwaukee were cancelled on Thursday evening, along with other delays on flights to the Midwest. You can track flight statuses at OIA by clicking here.

The snowstorm that is crawling slowly across the Midwest has led to a 25-vehicle pileup in Iowa that killed one person. Police say drivers were blinded by blowing snow and didn't see vehicles that had slowed or stopped on Interstate 80. Drivers throughout the Plains and Midwest are hampered by heavy snow and strong winds that combined for blizzard conditions in areas from Kansas to Wisconsin.

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