Updated Travel Alert March 2017: The Big Winter Storm
N ew information is now available pertaining to the major winter storm which will start walloping the midwestern United States tomorrow and affect the northeastern United States and eastern Canada — including as many as 23 states and six provinces — on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
Updated Travel Alert March 2017: Major Winter Storm
As much as 24 inches of snow is expected to accumulate in cities such as Philadelphia, New York, Hartford, Newark and Portland; while the District of Columbia and cities such as Harrisburg, Manchester, Baltimore, Albany, Worcester, Providence, Wilmington, Boston, Moncton and Saint John are expecting as much as a foot of snow.
Add gusty winds of up to 60 miles per hour and temperatures which are forecast to be significantly colder than normal; and conditions are favorable for blizzards, which will result in blowing and drifting snow several feet tall. Electrical power outages — as well as tree and limb damage — are likely to occur.
The aforementioned locations may be shut down altogether for all intents and purposes; but other cities are likely to be significantly impacted as well with up to six inches of snow and windy conditions — such as Chicago, Toronto, Atlantic City, Rochester, Pittsburgh, Asheville, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Detroit, Québec, Indianapolis, Columbus, Halifax, Buffalo, Roanoke, Montréal, Burlington and Charlottetown.
High tides of up to two feet above normal levels, coastal flooding, and beach erosion are expected along the shoreline of the United States and Canada from Delaware and Maryland northward; but the good news is that the storm will be traveling at a rate of speed fast enough that these conditions — while the impact may be significant — will not last all that long.
Torrential downpours are possible in areas of the United States with warmer temperatures.
Winter storm warnings have already been issued by the National Weather Service for all of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts — as well as for portions of South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations
If you are traveling to anywhere in the midwestern and northeastern United States and 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 will most likely 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 twelve airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this winter weather system:
- Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for 30 airports serving eleven states and two provinces for Tuesday, March 14, 2017 and Wednesday, March 15, 2017; and Friday, March 17, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
- American Airlines has issued travel alerts for 40 airports in 13 states and one province with the same travel dates.
- United Airlines has issued travel alerts for 22 airports in twelve states and one province with the same travel dates.
- JetBlue Airways has issued travel alerts for 22 airports in eleven states with different travel dates.
- Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for 25 airports in 16 states with different travel dates.
- Alaska Airlines has issued travel alerts for seven airports in six states with different travel dates.
- Frontier Airlines has issued travel alerts for nine airports in seven states with different travel dates.
- Spirit Airlines has issued travel alerts for eleven airports in seven states with different travel dates.
- Sun Country Airlines has issued a travel alert for five airports in three states with different travel dates.
- Allegiant Air has not yet issued any travel alerts; but expect them to be posted here.
- Air Canada has issued travel alerts for 25 airports in seven states and six provinces with different travel dates.
- WestJet has issued travel alerts for at least ten airports in at least two states and three provinces with different travel dates.
Exactly 24 years ago tomorrow — on Saturday, March 13, 1993 — the storm which became known as the Storm of the Century struck at least 23 states and was responsible for the deaths of 208 people…
…and while this storm is not expected to be nearly as substantial, it has started to evoke memories of that historic storm.
I intend to update this article as necessary — as well as perhaps post an updated article.
This situation has been rapidly changing as it develops; so please be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — as you should expect additional airlines to post travel alerts to these areas…
…and please: travel safely.
Photograph ©2010 by Brian Cohen.