Travel Alert December 2018: Winter Weather to Affect Southern United States

If the southern United States is 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 which has already affected the southern plains of the United States.

Travel Alert December 2018: Winter Weather to Affect Southern United States

This winter storm will drop as much as 18 inches of snow — and as much as 24 inches of accumulation in local areas — within a large area of North Carolina roughly encompassed by Asheville to the west; Charlotte to the south; Greensboro to the east; and Mount Airy to the north.

Additionally, 12 inches of snow is forecast to accumulate in a rather small area from western Oklahoma to a significant portion of the panhandle of Texas and in Roanoke, Durham and other portions of North Carolina and Virginia; while cities such as Amarillo, Raleigh, Tulsa and Lubbock may receive as much as six inches of snow. As much as three inches of snow — with a significant possibility of some ice mixed in — is expected for such cities as Johnson City, Fort Smith, Greenville, Wichita, Richmond, Springfield, Knoxville, Spartanburg, Fayetteville, Bristol and Oklahoma City, which is expected to result in dangerous driving conditions and widespread electric power outages.

Meanwhile, torrential rains are expected in cities such as Dallas, Montgomery, Houston, New Orleans, Huntsville, Galveston, Biloxi, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, Spartanburg, Gulfport, Little Rock, Pensacola, Columbia, Shreveport, Austin, Jackson, Chattanooga, Birmingham, Santa Fe and Atlanta. Nashville, Albuquerque and Memphis are expected to receive a mixture of precipitation from rain to snow.

The air will feel colder than normal in most of the affected areas due to temperatures which are expected to be below average during this winter storm event.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the southern 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 seven airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Eight airports in four states for Friday, December 7, 2018 through Saturday, December 8, 2018; and Tuesday, December 11, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Nine airports in four states for Sunday, December 9, 2018 through Monday, December 10, 2018; and Saturday, December 15, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for:
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Twelve airports in six states for Friday, December 7, 2018 through Saturday, December 8, 2018; and Tuesday, December 11, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Ten airports in four states for Sunday, December 9, 2018 through Monday, December 10, 2018; and Saturday, December 15, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
  • Frontier Airlines has issued travel alerts for Dallas-Fort Worth, Little Rock, Wichita, Oklahoma City and Tulsa for Friday, December 7, 2018 through Saturday, December 8, 2018; and Saturday, December 15, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Allegiant Air has issued travel alerts for 16 airports in seven states for Saturday, December 8, 2018 through Monday, December 10, 2018.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued travel alerts for:

Summary

Expect additional airlines to issue travel waivers as a result of this winter weather system as it travels eastward. I would not be surprised if cities such as Atlanta and Birmingham are included in the travel alerts due to the fact that inches of heavy rain are expected to fall in those areas.

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 ©2015 by Brian Cohen

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