Travel Alert December 2017: Winter Weather to Impact the Southeastern United States

If the southeastern United States is in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to the effects resulting from a possible winter storm.

Travel Alert December 2017: Winter Weather to Impact the Southeastern United States

A winter weather advisory for north and west of a line from LaGrange to Jonesboro to Lawrenceville to Hiawassee in north and central Georgia — including the greater Atlanta metropolitan area — was issued by the National Weather Service of the United States, which will be in effect from Friday at 5:00 in the morning until Saturday at 7:00 in the morning Eastern Standard Time.

Periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain are expected in the affected areas; and up to one half of one inch of snow is possible. Black ice — the phenomenon in which ice accumulates on roadways but is difficult to detect with the naked eye, as the road has the appearance of being wet and dark colored — is possible in areas where the temperature is expected to be lower than 32 degrees Fahrenheit, which can contribute to hazardous driving conditions; but that is not expected to happen until Friday evening.

The temperature in Atlanta for Friday is expected to top off in the upper 30s at the warmest; and the overnight low temperature will dip into the upper 20s.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the southeastern United States over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this winter weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are three airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for Atlanta for Friday, December 8, 2017; and Monday, December 11, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Atlanta for Friday, December 8, 2017; and Monday, December 11, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Atlanta for Friday, December 8, 2017; and Monday, December 11, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Expect additional airlines to issue travel alerts within the next 24 hours. Other airports in the southeastern United States may be added to the travel advisories.

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Source: National Weather Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.

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