Travel Alert February 2019: Winter Weather to Affect Northwestern United States and Southwestern British Columbia

If the northwestern United States and southwestern British Columbia are in your travel plans over the weekend, 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 storm which will bring winter weather to the region.

Travel Alert February 2019: Winter Weather to Affect Northwestern United States and Southwestern British Columbia

The greater Seattle metropolitan area — where as much as eight inches of snow already fell earlier this week — will receive its most significant accumulation of snow in two years with up to 12 inches forecast by the end of the day tomorrow, Saturday, February 9, 2019. Medford may also receive an accumulation of up to a foot of snow; while up to six inches of snow are expected in cities such as Spokane and Portland.

These amounts of snow accumulation in the Pacific Northwest are considered unusual — as well as the colder temperatures which will be ushered in once the winter storm leaves the area.

Local areas of western Oregon and extreme northern California could be buried under as much as 24 inches of snow; and snow could be seen as far south as in the mountains north of Los Angeles and as far east as Salt Lake City, western Wyoming and extreme western Montana. Expect reduced visibility during this snow event.

Meanwhile, much of western California as far south as west of Los Angeles — including San Francisco, Sacramento and Oakland — is expected to experience rain showers and strong winds. Isolated travel disruptions could occur in these areas as well.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If the northwestern United States and southwestern British Columbia are in your travel plans over the weekend, 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 seven 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 ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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