Travel Alert December 2018: Winter Weather to Affect Northern Plains of the United States

If the northern plains 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 the effects resulting from a winter storm.

Travel Alert December 2018: Winter Weather to Affect Northern Plains of the United States

This winter storm will drop as much as 18 inches of snow in local areas; while areas such as eastern Colorado, extreme northwestern Kansas, central Nebraska, the eastern half of South Dakota, southeast North Dakota, central Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan could receive as much as 12 inches of snow. As much as six inches of snow is expected for such cities as Minneapolis, Sault Sainte Marie, Sioux Falls and Saint Paul. Cities such as Denver and Rapid City could experience as much as three inches of snow.

Expect whiteout conditions, dangerous driving conditions and electric power outages as a result of the winter weather.

Meanwhile, thunderstorms and significant rains are expected in cities such as Dallas, Nashville, Montgomery, Houston, New Orleans, Huntsville, Galveston, Tulsa, Biloxi, Corpus Christi, Mobile, Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Gulfport, Little Rock, Pensacola, Memphis, Shreveport, Austin, Jackson, Kansas City, Birmingham and Atlanta. Although no travel waivers have officially been issued by airlines for these areas, travel delays are certainly possible.

As this major winter storm moves eastward later this week, other areas of the midwestern, eastern and southern United States will be impacted — but fortunately, most of the precipitation will be rain due to a low pressure system pumping warmer air as far northward as southern New York state and southeastern Massachusetts. Areas further north could be cold enough to experience a wintry mix of precipitation.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the northern plains of the United States 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 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 four airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for seven airports in four states for Wednesday, December 26, 2018 through Thursday, December 27, 2018; and Sunday, December 30, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for eleven airports in three states for Saturday, Wednesday, December 26, 2018 through Thursday, December 27, 2018; and Sunday, December 30, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for eleven airports in four states for Wednesday, December 26, 2018 through Thursday, December 27, 2018; and Sunday, December 30, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued travel alerts for eleven airports in three states for Saturday, Wednesday, December 26, 2018 through Thursday, December 27, 2018; and Sunday, December 30, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Expect additional airlines to issue travel waivers as a result of this winter weather system as it travels eastward.

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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