Travel Alert March 2018: Winter Storm Affects United Kingdom and Portions of Western Europe

If the United Kingdom and portions of western Europe are 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 winter storm.

Travel Alert March 2018: Winter Storm Affects United Kingdom and Portions of Western Europe

A swath of snow has been falling in Ireland and the United Kingdom. As much as a foot of snow is expected in most of Wales and the southern half of Ireland — including Plymouth, Cardiff, Swansea, Exeter, Bristol, Bath, Killarney, Limerick, Dublin and Cork.

Snowdonia National Park in northern Wales will certainly live up to its name this week; and despite the snow, it is not Christmas in Killarney.

Meanwhile, London, Dover, Sandwich and Belfast are expecting as much as six inches of snow. Other areas — such as Edinburgh and Brussels — could receive as much as three inches of snow. Although rain is expected in Paris and other parts of France, an icy mix can occur — especially in northeastern France, Luxembourg and extreme southern Belgium.

Unrelentingly cold air combined with the snow earns this storm the nickname “Beast from the East.”

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the United Kingdom or portions of western Europe 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 eight airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:


Ryanair and other airlines acknowledge that winter weather conditions have affected their operations through general travel statements…

…but no specific information pertaining to travel waivers is offered.

If I find other airlines to add to the list of airlines issuing travel waivers, I intend to add them to this article.

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.

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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