Delta plane sits on tarmac with snow at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

UPDATED: Delta cancels 170 flights Tuesday in Atlanta due to winter storm forecast

Delta Air Lines canceled about 170 flights to and from Atlanta on Tuesday in advance of a winter storm expected to hit the region.

Overall, Atlanta-based Delta canceled about 200 flights across its network by Tuesday afternoon, as a cold front hit other parts of the country including the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region.

Delta said it canceled flights in Atlanta “to mitigate delays and keep the operation moving.”  Southwest Airlines also canceled some of its flights due to the storm.

Travelers should check their flight status before heading to the airport.

Atlanta-based Delta typically operates close to 1,000 daily departures during peak periods at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where it operates its largest hub.

The airline said it had 60 de-icing trucks ready at the Atlanta airport. Delta and Hartsfield-Jackson treated ramps and runways for ice..

But after the storm brought little more than rain to metro Atlanta, Delta said the potential for snow diminished throughout the day.

However, there was still potential for extreme temperatures and frozen precipitation in the Northeast, the Great Lakes and mid-Atlantic, according to Delta, which said it was prepared for de-icing operations.

Delta and Southwest, the two largest carriers at the Atlanta airport, are waiving certain fees for customers who have flights booked Tuesday or Wednesday to affected cities and want to change their travel plans.

Delta also dispatched additional employees to the airport to help handle passengers and flights.

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Kelly Yamanouchi
Kelly Yamanouchi
Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.