Travel Alert February 2018: Winter Storm Affects Great Lakes Region

If the Great Lakes region 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.

Travel Alert February 2018: Winter Storm Affects Great Lakes Region

A swath of snow has been falling from eastern portions of Nebraska and Kansas and is currently heading eastward across the United States to the Canadian Maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and the northern half of Nova Scotia. As much as a foot of snow is expected in areas such as northern portions of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine as well as a small souther portion of Québec and much of New Brunswick; while Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo and Syracuse could receive as much as six inches of snow.

Greater than 1,000 flights have already been canceled; and the record for the snowiest winter ever has already been shattered in Erie.

Meanwhile, a narrow swath of the United States and Canada from eastern Kansas and Oklahoma to New Brunswick could receive a mix of winter precipitation or a coating of ice. Included in this area are Indianapolis, Saint Louis, Columbus, Erie and Memphis.

Much of the eastern United States will experience mainly rain, which could still potentially cause interruptions in air travel.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the Great Lakes region 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 nine airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:


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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