Winter storm on the east coast cancels flights at Denver International Airport

50+ flights canceled to New York, New Jersey

DENVER - Dozens of flights at Denver International Airport were canceled on Friday because of the winter storm hitting the east coast.

More than 50 flights at DIA were canceled going into the weekend -- most of them to Newark, New Jersey, JFK airport in New York City and LaGuardia airport in New York City.

Airlines have canceled more than 5,000 flights heading to and from the east coast through Saturday.

A strong winter storm is poised to dump up to 3 feet of snow from New York City to Boston and beyond.

"Wherever you need to get to, get there by Friday afternoon and don't plan on leaving,." said Alan Dunham, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass.

The snow began falling Friday morning in some areas, with the heaviest amounts falling at night and into Saturday. Wind gusts could reach 75 mph. Widespread power failures were feared, along with flooding in coastal areas still recovering from Superstorm Sandy in October.

Boston could up to 3 feet of snow, while New York City was expecting 10 to 12 inches. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said plows and 250,000 tons of salt were being put on standby. To the south, Philadelphia was looking at a possible 2 to 5 inches.