Travel Alert February 2019: Winter Weather Impacts Northern and Eastern United States and Southeastern Canada

If the northern and eastern United States or southeastern Canada are in your travel plans over the next week or so, 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 winter weather which is already disrupting travel at a minimum of 70 airports in as many as 16 states and seven provinces.

Travel Alert February 2019: Winter Weather Impacts Northern and Eastern United States and Southeastern Canada

Through Thursday, February 7, 2019, up to one foot of snow is expected to accumulate from the border South Dakota shares with Minnesota all the way into east of the Great Lakes region of Ontario — this includes Minneapolis and Saint Paul — while up to six inches of snow could occur in cities such as Sioux Falls, Sioux City, Lincoln, Fargo and Thunder Bay.

A swath of ice could affect cities such as Wichita, Rochester, Chicago, Buffalo, Detroit, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Ann Arbor, Topeka and Toronto due to freezing rain — which is rain that freezes once it comes in contact with the cold ground and can cause power disruptions due to ice accumulating on electrical power lines — while an icy mix of precipitation is forecast for Albany, Portland, Syracuse, Montréal, Burlington, Worcester, Manchester, Bangor, Concord, Binghamton, Merrimack, Halifax and Hartford.

Dense fog can form in pockets of some of the aforementioned areas.

Meanwhile, expect significant rain to fall in the Mississippi Valley and the Ohio Valley. Severe thunderstorms are possible — especially with some areas of the southern United States expecting record warm temperatures later this week — which typically occurs when two air masses with a sharp difference in temperature and humidity collide.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If the northern and eastern United States or southeastern Canada are in your travel plans over the next week or so, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to the winter weather 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 eleven airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

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 ©2010 by Brian Cohen.

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