Update: Winter Storm in Atlanta December 2017

As I predicted yesterday in this article, additional airlines have issued travel waivers due to the winter storm which is currently in the southeastern United States — and the snow is currently falling in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area as I type this article.

Update: Winter Storm in Atlanta December 2017

At least one inch of snow is already on the ground — as shown in this short video — and more snow is currently falling. I can vouch that it is perfect for packing for a snowman or a snowball fight.

The temperature is currently 33 degrees Fahrenheit; and the air is not expected to get much warmer throughout the remainder of the day. Snow is expected to fall for another two hours, with accumulations of up to six inches possible by the time the winter storm is done.

A winter storm warning is in effect for much of the northern half of the state of Georgia — including the greater Atlanta metropolitan area — as was issued by the National Weather Service of the United States, which will remain in effect until Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 10:00 in the morning Eastern Standard Time.

Schools and some businesses have closed early; and motorists are having a difficult time negotiating the snow, as judged by the roaring of engines simultaneously combined with the squeals of spinning tires.

Periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain are expected in the affected areas. 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 rain has fallen and the temperature is expected to be lower than 32 degrees Fahrenheit, which can contribute to hazardous driving conditions.

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 lower 30s.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

Delays and cancellations of dozens of flights have already occurred at the international airport which serves the greater Atlanta metropolitan area, as indicated by this message:

Winter weather may impact your travel plans at Hartsfield-Jackson. Please monitor your airline’s communications channels and follow us on Twitter @ATLAirport for the latest impacts at ATL.

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:

  • 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.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued a travel alert for Atlanta for Friday, December 8, 2017; and Friday, December 22, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways 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.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued a travel alert for Atlanta for Friday, December 8, 2017; and Saturday, December 16, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued a travel alert for Atlanta for Friday, December 8, 2017; and Wednesday, December 13, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • KLM Royal Dutch 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.

Summary

Snow Atlanta December 8 2017

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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.

In the meantime, I think I will go outside and enjoy this winter weather…

All photographs and video ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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