Travel Alert February 2019: Winter Storm Affects the United States From Southwest to Midwest

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 will affect numerous areas of the United States from the southwest to the midwest over the weekend.

Travel Alert February 2019: Winter Storm Affects the United States From Southwest to Midwest

A winter storm brought snow whose accumulation measured in feet and blizzard conditions to portions of the southwestern United States. Travel was shut down over the mountains of Arizona, New Mexico and southwestern Colorado; and at 35.9 inches of snow accumulation, Flagstaff set a new all-time daily record.

Meanwhile, Las Vegas already received approximately four inches of snow.

This same winter storm is expected to deliver up to two feet of snow — complete with blizzard conditions due to strong gusty winds — to the midwestern United States by the time Sunday, February 24, 2019 arrives. Cities to be affected include Minneapolis, Omaha, Des Moines, Madison, Sioux City, Wichita, Saint Paul and Lincoln

Many areas of the United States will be too warm to see snow; but delays in air travel may still occur due to rain — from Chicago to Boston and from Buffalo to . For example, heavy rain has been falling in much of the southern United States this past week with more to come; and many areas are under flood watches and warnings.

Severe weather — including thunderstorms, large hail and possible tornados — is forecast to occur in the southeastern United States over the weekend. This includes cities such as Shreveport, Saint Louis, Jackson, Nashville, Little Rock, Huntsville, Memphis, Chattanooga and Evansville.

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 nine airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:


Additional airlines will almost certainly 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 ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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