Travel Alert February 2017: Winter Storm to Affect Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada

I f the northeastern United States and eastern Canada 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 — as a significant portion of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada are preparing to experience a disruption due to winter weather.

Travel Alert February 2017: Winter Storm to Affect Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada

The temperature was 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the District of Columbia at the time this article was written; but up to three inches of snow is expected to accumulate in the northern portions of this area, as temperatures are expected to plummet to 35 degrees Fahrenheit tonight and to 24 degrees Fahrenheit tomorrow night.

Major travel delays are expected starting tomorrow, Thursday, February 9, 2017 due to the convergence of arctic air from the north and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico to the south, which is expected to result in accumulations of snow of up to 12 inches from west of Allentown all the way to the maritime provinces of eastern Canada. Included in this swath of the significant accumulation of snow are New York, Boston, Hartford, Newark, Albany, Providence, Portland, Halifax, Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton and Charlottetown — and accumulations of snow are expected to be rapid at a rate of up to two inches per hour.

The remainder of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada expecting snow — though with accumulations not as significant, from a dusting to six inches — include Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Burlington, and other areas from eastern Ohio and eastern Kentucky all the way to Newfoundland and Labrador. Expect slippery conditions on roadways; windy conditions at coastal areas; downed trees and power outages — all of which are enough to potentially disrupt ground transportation.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to anywhere in the northeastern United States or eastern Canada 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 these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

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


Greater than 2,300 flights have already been canceled as a result of this developing winter storm; and additional cancellations — as well as significant delays — of flights are not out of the question.

As you can see, the aforementioned alerts widely vary by airline; so 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 ©2011 by Brian Cohen.

3 thoughts on “Travel Alert February 2017: Winter Storm to Affect Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada”

  1. Jacob says:

    Is there a way to change a reservation from LGA on the 12th to a few days or weeks later to free up a seat for those needing to defer from the 9th-10th, without cancelling a non-refundable ticket?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      The airlines are quite strict with regard to non-refundable tickets, Jacob — even if you have earned elite level status.

      According to American Airlines, the change fee may — not will — be waived if you are scheduled to travel February 7 – 8, 2017 and can travel February 6 – 10, 2017; and your request does not fall under those terms.

      Still, it never hurts to try: give the reservations department at American Airlines a call and see if they will accommodate your request; but keep in mind that your chances of having that request successfully granted are basically none…

      …and even if you speak to a sympathetic customer service representative who would want to grant your request, he or she may not be able to override the computer system — unless in the rare circumstance that the airline is really in a bind and desperate to clear seats for those to whom they grant waivers due to inclement weather; and even then, there are no guarantees.

      I wish I could offer you better news, Jacob

  2. Jacob says:

    On American.

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