Travel Alert April 2019: Winter Weather to Impact Rocky Mountain and Northern Plains Regions of the United States

The season may be spring and the calendar may say that this month is April; but if the Rocky Mountain and northern plains regions of the United States are in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to winter weather.

Travel Alert April 2019: Winter Weather to Impact Rocky Mountain and Northern Plains Regions of the United States

Snow is forecast from southeastern Idaho and eastern Utah all the way to west-central Wisconsin, which will bring blizzard conditions in some areas and potentially be nearly as intense as the winter storm last month; while a mix of precipitation is expected from northeastern Colorado to the southern third of Wisconsin in what is being called a “potentially historic” storm by the National Weather Service.

Through Thursday, April 11, 2019, up to 18 inches of snow is expected to accumulate in the southern half of South Dakota, extreme northern Nebraska, and southwestern Minnesota; while up to a foot of snow is forecast to be on the ground from extreme south-central Montana south to the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado and east to the western half of the upper peninsula of Michigan — which includes cities such as Minneapolis, Sioux City, Rapid City, Duluth and Saint Paul.

Cities which could receive up to six inches of snow include Denver, Madison, Traverse City, Cheyenne and Colorado Springs; while Fargo, Des Moines, Milwaukee and Omaha are forecast to receive up to three inches of snow.

Meanwhile, warmer areas are not out of the woods by any means, as severe weather is expected in northern Kansas, southeastern Nebraska, extreme southwestern Iowa, extreme northwestern and extreme eastern Missouri, most of Illinois south of Chicago, western Indiana, extreme western Kentucky. and extreme northwestern Tennessee. All of these areas can expect large hail, damaging winds — and perhaps even an isolated tornado. Travel disruptions are possible in these areas.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If the Rocky Mountain and northern plains regions of the United States are in your travel plans over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to the winter weather which may 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 six airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

Summary

Expect additional travel alerts to be issued by airlines — especially American Airlines, which has not yet issued any travel alerts at the time this article was written.

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 ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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