Update: More Airlines Issue Travel Waivers For Major Winter Storm January 2018

Winter storm warnings are currently in effect for most of the eastern United States — eastern Canada is also in the path — as frigid air, gusty winds and heavy precipitation will result in blizzard conditions in some areas of the northeastern United States as a strong storm tracks northward along the east coast.

Update: More Airlines Issue Travel Waivers For Major Winter Storm January 2018

Hundreds of flights have already been canceled ahead of the major winter weather system, which has already claimed the lives of at least 12 people. It is bringing precipitation to areas already suffering from dangerously cold temperatures, which will bring as much as 24 inches of snow and wind gusts as strong as 70 miles per hour — creating whiteout blizzard conditions — in some areas to as many as 16 states and six provinces, which is almost certain to disrupt travel and delay or cancel hundreds of flights.

Freezing temperatures are expected to dip as far south as Tampa and Orlando in Florida, where frost is expected to affect vegetation. Ice, mixed precipitation and as much as two inches of snow is predicted for portions of northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia. Areas along the coast at the Gulf of Mexico and even portions of southern Texas are forecast to experience unusually cold weather.

Numerous winter storm warnings and states of emergency have been declared all along the Gulf Coast and east coast of the United States.

Cities expected to be affected by this winter storm include Jacksonville, New York, Toronto, Philadelphia, Savannah, Providence, Charleston, Washington, Québec, Newark, Norfolk, Buffalo, Montreal, Boston, Albany, Baltimore and Manchester. Slippery roads and reduced visibility are expected; and power outages are possible.

Even at airports with little to no snow, deicing will be required before many airplanes can take off due to the frigid air. Some areas with relatively warmer temperatures could experience ice or a mixture of precipitation.

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 13 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.

Photograph ©2011 by Brian Cohen.

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