Travel Alert: Fourth Major Winter Storm March 2018 to Affect Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada

Spring starts on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 12:15 in the afternoon Eastern Daylight Time — but try convincing that fact to residents of the northeastern United States, who are currently preparing to endure their fourth winter storm within three weeks in the month of March…

Travel Alert March 2018: Yet Another Major Winter Storm to Affect Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada

…so if these regions are in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather.

Because of its slow movement, this winter storm is forecast to bring heavy wet snow from portions of northeastern West Virginia to southwestern New Hampshire — and although coastal areas are predicted to experience significant winds, blizzard conditions are not expected for the most part.

Up to 18 inches of snow could accumulate in a small area from northeastern West Virginia through extreme western Maryland to southwestern Pennsylvania.

New York, Pittsburgh, Boston, Philadelphia, Hartford, Trenton, Harrisburg, Providence, Worcester, Newark and Scranton are some of the cities which could receive as much as six inches of snow; while as much as three inches of snow are forecast for cities such as Cincinnati, Bangor, Wilmington, Roanoke, Atlantic City, Portland, Asheville and Columbus.

Sporadic power outages, tree damage, moderate coastal flooding and beach erosion will occur in some areas of the northeastern United States — and travel in general will most certainly be disrupted.

The provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia will also be affected by the winter storm.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this winter weather system which may adversely 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 these 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:

  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for 18 airports in nine states for Tuesday, March 20, 2018 through Wednesday, March 21, 2018; and Sunday, March 25, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for 16 airports in nine states for Tuesday, March 20, 2018 through Wednesday, March 21, 2018; and Sunday, March 25, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for 13 airports in eight states for Tuesday, March 20, 2018 through Wednesday, March 21, 2018; and Saturday, March 24, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Alaska Airlines has issued travel alerts for eight airports in six states for Tuesday, March 20, 2018 through Thursday, March 22, 2018; and Wednesday, March 28, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for 13 airports in ten states for Tuesday, March 20, 2018 through Thursday, March 22, 2018; and Thursday, April 5, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued travel alerts for 13 airports in eight states for Tuesday, March 20, 2018 through Wednesday, March 21, 2018; and Friday, March 23, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued travel alerts for seven airports in five states for Tuesday, March 20, 2018 through Wednesday, March 21, 2018; and Friday, March 30, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued travel alerts for six airports in four states for Tuesday, March 20, 2018 through Wednesday, March 21, 2018; and Saturday, March 24, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued a travel alert for 16 airports in nine states for Tuesday, March 20, 2018 through Wednesday, March 21, 2018; and Sunday, March 25, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

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.

Spring will arrive in the affected areas in name only — for now, anyway…

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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