Travel Alert: “Historic” Blizzard Conditions Expected for Northeastern United States

ou are strongly advised to postpone your travel plans if you plan on traveling to or from the northeastern United States over the next few days, as a blizzard of “historic proportions” is preparing to bear down on this region — especially as most airlines based in the United States serving the region have announced that change fees have been waived.

Up to 16 hours of blizzard conditions are expected between Monday evening, January 26, 2015 through Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from just south of the District of Columbia to the Maritime provinces in Canada; and as much as 36 inches of snow are expected to accumulate. At this time, this blizzard warning includes cities such as New York, Albany, Boston, Hartford, Providence, Portland and Saint John.

This article written by  of The New York Times reports that “…the storm approaching on Monday was likely to be one of the biggest to ever strike New York City, and” Bill de Blasio — the current mayor of New York — “urged people to stay indoors to avoid powerful winds, low visibility and ‘treacherous’ road conditions.” 2,100 snow plows are expected to be deployed in New York.

Power outages, heavy snow, extremely low visibility, high tides along coastal areas, and damaging winds exceeding 35 miles per hour are expected if you are in the region during this weather event. Winds are expected to reach hurricane strength in places such as Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

Expect for flights to be delayed or cancelled if you decide not to exercise your option to change your itinerary free of charge; but also expect delays and possible cancellations of flights even though neither the origination or destination airports may not be affected by the snowy weather.

According to this article written by Mark of Miles From Blighty, British Airways has already proactively canceled flights today due to the significant pending snow storm destined for the east coast of the United States. Expect other airlines based outside of the United States to implement similar actions as well as possible offer waivers of fees to change flights.

I will be traveling to the District of Columbia this coming Thursday; but I do not believe I will be affected by this winter storm. Still, I will keep myself updated with the latest information. If you have travel planned, call the airline operating your flight — as well as the hotel property where your room is located and rental car facility — for the latest updates and to find out all of the options available to you.

Expect ground transportation — such as roadways and train systems — to be inoperable or be of limited use during the winder storm.

FlyerTalk members who planned on traveling through the middle of this week will definitely be affected, as evidenced in the following discussions listed below:

 

Weather map courtesy of AccuWeather.

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