Travel Alert February 2018: Winter Storm Affects Upper Midwestern United States

If the upper midwestern 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.

Travel Alert February 2018: Winter Storm Affects Upper Midwestern United States

A swath of snow has been falling from eastern portions of Utah and Idaho and is currently heading eastward across the United States to southern Ontario. As much as six inches of snow is expected in areas such as Fargo, Duluth, Lincoln and Brainerd; while Salt Lake City, Bismarck and Sioux Falls could receive as much as three inches of snow.

Isolated local portions of the areas in which Denver, Rapid City and Casper are located — as well as northeastern Utah and northwestern Nebraska — could potentially receive as much as 18 inches of snow.

Ice is expected to be the main problem for cities such as Des Moines, Green Bay, Omaha and Appleton due to an ice storm.

Much of the eastern United States will experience mainly rain — with thunderstorms and flooding forecast in some areas — which could still potentially cause interruptions in air travel.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the upper midwestern 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 these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

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

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for 15 airports in five states for Monday, February 19, 2018 through Tuesday, February 20, 2018; and Friday, February 23, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for eight airports in three states for Monday, February 19, 2018 through Tuesday, February 20, 2018; and Friday, February 23, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for 11 airports in five states for Monday, February 19, 2018 through Tuesday, February 20, 2018; and Friday, February 23, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Air Canada has issued travel alerts for Chicago and Denver for Monday, February 19, 2018.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued travel alerts for eight airports in three states for Monday, February 19, 2018 through Tuesday, February 20, 2018; and Friday, February 23, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

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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