Travel Alert February 2020: Winter Weather to Affect Virginia and North Carolina

If Virginia and North Carolina 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 rare winter storm in these states.

Travel Alert February 2020: Winter Weather to Affect Virginia and North Carolina

Snow is forecast to fall in an area from eastern Tennessee to the eastern coasts of Virginia — including on the DelMarVa peninsula just south of the Maryland border — and North Carolina from extreme southeastern West Virginia southward to extreme northeastern Georgia and northern South Carolina.

Up to eight inches of snow can potentially accumulate in local areas of Virginia and North Carolina — including in Raleigh and Rocky Mount; and in the mountains along the border which North Carolina shares with Tennessee.

Cities such as Norfolk, Johnson City, Virginia Beach, Asheville, Newport News, Durham, Bristol, Petersburg, Greensboro, Yorktown, High Point, Williamsburg, Winston-Salem, Kingsport, and Jamestown could receive up to three inches of snow; while accumulations of up to one inch of snow could occur in cities such as Greenville, Charlotte, Knoxville, Richmond, and Spartanburg.

Meanwhile, torrential rains, thunderstorms, tornado watches, flood watches, and flood warnings are expected to plague the southeastern United States from the same storm system. Expect travel to be interrupted in these regions as well — especially as some of that moisture on the ground may become black ice as the air become colder as temperatures dip below freezing.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If Virginia and North Carolina are 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 three airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

Summary

Additional airlines may issue travel waivers as a result of this winter weather system as it tracks its way eastward across the southern United States.

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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