Travel Alert February 2019: Another Winter Storm Affects Midwestern and Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada

If the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada are in your travel plans over the next couple of 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 a winter storm which has already affected at least 75 airports in 16 states and six provinces.

Travel Alert February 2019: Another Winter Storm Affects Midwestern and Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada

A winter storm is bringing significant precipitation to the upper midwestern and northeastern United States as well as southern Canada. By Wednesday, February 13, 2019, as much as 18 inches of snow is forecast for northern New York state, most of Vermont, the northern half of New Hampshire, the northern half of Maine, extreme southeastern Ontario and extreme southern Québec, which includes Montréal and Québec City.

Meanwhile, up to a foot of snow is forecast to accumulate in northeastern Wisconsin; the upper peninsula of Michigan; the central part of northern New York state; the remainders of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine; southern Ontario, southern Québec and most of New Brunswick.

A large swath from Wisconsin and extreme northeastern Minnesota all the way to Nova Scotia will receive up to six inches of snow — including cities such as Buffalo, Milwaukee, Halifax, Syracuse, Toronto, Duluth, Albany, Worcester and Madison; and as much as three inches of snow is expected in cities such as New York, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Cedar Rapids, Boston, Detroit, Hartford, Providence, Erie, Newark and Saint Paul…

…but many of the areas with less snowfall will likely also see an icy mix of precipitation — with a full-blown ice storm expected from western Maryland and eastern West Virginia through much of central Pennsylvania to northwestern New Jersey and southern New York state — but not in New York City itself. This means that widespread electrical power outages are probably in these areas — as well as from extreme eastern Iowa all the way to extreme southern Maine and as far south as northeastern Virginia — and schools and some companies in many areas will be closed for the day today, Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

The warmer areas of the United States may also see delays in air travel due to weather. For example, heavy rain has been falling in much of the southern United States; and a dense fog advisory is in effect for Atlanta until 10:00 this morning, Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada is in your travel plans over the next couple of days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this winter weather system which may 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 13 airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:


Additional airlines may issue travel waivers as a result of this winter weather system as it continues to travel eastward.

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.

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