Travel Alert April 2018: Icy and Rainy Weather to Affect Northeastern United States

You would never know that this month is April if you are traveling to, from or through — or live within — the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada, as icy weather, heavy rain and windy conditions will affect the region.

Travel Alert April 2018: Icy and Rainy Weather to Affect Northeastern United States

Flurries and cold weather continue to affect the midwestern United States and Canada; but the real travel problems will occur from eastern Ohio eastward.

An icy mix of precipitation is predicted for cities in northern New England and southeastern Canada — such as Burlington, Plattsburgh, Montréal and Québec City — while heavier rain is expected in cities such as Pittsburgh, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Providence, Worcester, Newark, Baltimore, Hartford, Albany, Richmond, Atlantic City, Toronto, Wilmington and the District of Columbia. Localized flooding and coastal flooding may be a result of the deluge of rain which is expected to inundate the aforementioned areas.

Wind gusts are expected to reach speeds of 50 miles per hour.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to, from or through the northeastern United States or southeastern Canada, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this 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 the affected areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are five airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

Summary

I witnessed the weather in the suburbs of the District of Columbia change from warm air and clear sunny skies change to becoming windy, rainy and cold. The difference was literally like night and day. Do not be surprised if more airlines offer travel waivers for this system of inclement weather.

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.

If spring does not arrive to these areas eventually, then summer will…

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

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