Travel Alert April 2018: The Last Hurrah of Winter in the Midwestern United States and Canada?

Well, here we go yet again: if you are traveling to, from or through — or live within — the midwestern United States, know that spring weather will soon take over once you get through what is supposed to be this one last weekend of cold winter weather.

Travel Alert April 2018: The Last Hurrah of Winter in the Midwestern United States and Canada?

Multiple highways are already closed in states such as Colorado and South Dakota due to blizzard conditions — which are forecast for much of South Dakota, northern Nebraska, eastern Wyoming and southwestern Minnesota, where as much as 24 inches of snow is expected for cities such as Sioux City and Minneapolis — and when many of them will reopen is unknown at this time, as visibility is down to near zero in some locations.

Snow is predicted for areas from southeastern Montana and eastern Wyoming all the way to the state of New York and as far south as northern Kansas. Included in this area are cities such as Milwaukee, Duluth, Rapid City, Omaha, Des Moines, Madison and Lincoln.

Wind gusts are expected to reach speeds of 60 miles per hour.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to, from or through the midwestern United States, 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 the affected areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

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


Expect additional airlines to issue travel alerts within the next 24 hours as the storm ventures eastward.

In the meantime, 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 ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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