With forecasters in the Northeast measuring a looming snowstorm in depths by the foot, thousands of commercial flights around the country were being canceled Monday, including dozens in and out of the Twin Cities.

About three dozen flights to the Eastern Seaboard were listed as canceled on the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport's as of late Monday morning.

"New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and North Carolina are all seeing canceled flights," said Patrick Hogan, spokesman for the airport.

The storm could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow starting later Monday, followed by powerful winds and widespread coastal flooding through Tuesday. The affected region includes the population centers of New York City and Boston.

Airlines canceled and delayed thousands of flights into and out of East Coast airports. Most major airlines are allowing customers whose flights are canceled in the next few days to book new flights without penalty.