Published: Dec 21, 2012 1:22 PM EST
Updated: Dec 21, 2012 5:23 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- That winter storm passing through the Midwest left thousands with canceled flights ahead of today, the busiest air travel day of the holiday season. Some flights from Southwest Florida International are being impacted, too. 

The airport reminds folks to check flight statuses before arriving to fly or picking someone up. Most of the affected flights in and out of Fort Myers have delays clocking in from a couple minutes to more than an hour.

The potential for slowdowns had morning passengers checking their lists twice, and hoping for the best.

This comes after more than 1,000 flights were canceled across the country yesterday, mostly at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway International Airports, but today many of the delayed flights at RSW are to and from cities in the Northeast.

An Airtran flight to Fort Myers from Milwaukee was the only cancelation this morning. To check your flight status, RSW recommends calling your airline and not the airport. However, RSW's website is fairly up-to-date with any flight changes. Independent sites like and have real time information and are easily viewed on a smart phone.