Update: Additional Travel Waivers January 2018 For Winter Storm Affecting the Northeastern United States and Canada

Icy travel has plagued many areas of the eastern United States and eastern Canada; so if those areas 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.

Update: Additional Travel Waivers January 2018 For Winter Storm Affecting the Northeastern United States and Canada

A major winter weather system has brought precipitation to areas which had already been suffering from dangerously cold temperatures — which means that liquid precipitation is freezing upon impact with the ground in those areas due to a coating of ice, which has created hazardous and slippery conditions.

Some of that ice is black ice, which initially appears to drivers as a road which is wet — until it is too late. Black ice is usually rather thin — but slippery enough to cause dangerous driving conditions.

Some areas of the United States which were expected to experience ice — such as much of the greater Atlanta metropolitan area — are instead simply dealing with wet roads and surfaces due to rain. Some travel is still being impacted, though. Much of the southeastern United States will experience mainly a rain event — although the precipitation could be heavy at times and still potentially disrupt travel.

Cities expected to be affected by this winter storm include Trenton, Portland, New York, Toronto, Philadelphia, Providence, Washington, Newark, Norfolk, Montreal, Richmond, Boston, Albany, Nashville, Baltimore, Raleigh, Manchester, and Charleston in West Virginia. Slippery roads are expected; and power outages may be possible mainly from icing on power lines.

Fortunately, temperatures are expected to moderate later this week.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the eastern United States or eastern Canada 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 six airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

Summary

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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