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Travel Alert December 2021: Winter Weather Affects Various Parts of United States and Southern Canada

More airlines issue travel waivers.

If the northwestern United States and southwestern Canada are in your travel plans over the next week or so, 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 a winter weather system which will bring both snow and frigid air to the regions of the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, and midwest.

Travel Alert December 2021: Winter Weather Affects Various Parts of United States and Southern Canada

Up to 18 states are expected to be affected by a massive winter storm system, with as many as three inches of snow is expected in much of Washington and portions of Oregon, extreme northwestern and western Montana, northern Idaho, southern British Columbia, and extreme southwestern Alberta through Thursday, December 30, 2021 for cities such as Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Kamloops, Tacoma, and both Vancouvers in Washington and British Columbia — up to two feet of snow can possibly fall in higher elevations — while snow showers are forecast in southeastern Washington, central Oregon, central Idaho, western Montana, northwestern Wyoming, and extreme northern portions of Utah, Nevada, and California for cities such as Boise, Helena, and West Yellowstone…

…but frigid air is expected to cover the region after the snow and could break low temperature records in a number of cities, as high temperatures can be cooler than normal by as much as 20 degrees Fahrenheit as far south as northern California and as far east as southwestern Wyoming — and east of there, high temperatures can be as much a 30 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than normal.

Meanwhile, up to 12 inches of snow in a swath from Des Moines to Chicago to Québec City is forecast; while up to six inches of snow is predicted from central Utah, northern New Mexico, and extreme southeastern Wyoming all the way to southern Québec — including the cities of Denver, Omaha, Green Bay, Sudbury, and Ottawa.

The unusually cold winter weather is only adding to the thousands of cancellations and delays of flights which have been plaguing airlines in the United States since Christmas Eve on Friday, December 24, 2021. Hundreds of flights have already been canceled by both Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines due to weather.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from the aforementioned regions of the United States or southern Canada over the next week or so, 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.

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

  • Alaska Airlines has issued a travel alert for Seattle for Wednesday, December 22, 2021 through Sunday, January 16, 2022; and Sunday, January 16, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Seattle for Saturday, December 25, 2021 through Monday, January 3, 2022; and Thursday, January 6, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Salt Lake City for Thursday, December 30, 2021 through Friday, December 31, 2021; and Monday, January 3, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Detroit for Saturday, January 1, 2022; and Tuesday, January 4, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Chicago for Saturday, January 1, 2022; and Thursday, January 6, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • 19 airports in four states in the Rocky Mountain region for Friday, December 31, 2021; and Tuesday, January 4, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued a travel waiver for all destinations for Tuesday, December 28, 2021 through Monday, January 31, 2022, as all fees for cancellations of flights or changes in itineraries will be waived — reportedly due at least in part to the proactive cancellation of up to 90 flights per day.
  • Air Canada has issued travel alerts for:
  • WestJet Airways has issued travel alerts for:

Final Boarding Call

Expect the cancellations or delays of flights to continue in general until further notice.

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 ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

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