Travel Alert: Heavy Snow and Blizzard Conditions Expected for Portions of the Eastern United States
Y ou are strongly advised to postpone your travel plans if you plan on traveling to or from portions of the eastern United States over the next few days, as heavy snow and blizzard conditions are preparing to bear down on this region — especially as most airlines based in the United States serving the region have announced that change fees have been waived.
Up to 24 inches of snow is expected in Roanoke and other cities along Interstate 81 from southern Pennsylvania through eastern West Virginia and most of western Virginia between Thursday evening, January 21, 2016 through Sunday, January 24, 2016.
Cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Hartford, Providence and Boston are forecast to receive approximately one foot of snow; while cities such as Pittsburgh, Richmond, Evansville and Cincinnati will also be affected by this storm — although not as significantly.
Additionally, power outages, heavy snow, extremely low visibility with whiteout conditions, high tides along coastal areas, beach erosion, and damaging winds exceeding 35 miles per hour in some areas are possible if you are in the region during this weather event.
An icy mix of precipitation is expected for cities such as Raleigh, Asheville, Nashville, Little Rock, Tulsa and Charlotte. Although rain is expected for cities such as Atlanta and Shreveport with possible local flooding, severe weather — including thunderstorms and possible isolated tornadoes — can impact cities such as Birmingham, New Orleans, Orlando, Jackson, Montgomery, Charleston and Miami.
Discussions Pertaining to This Winter Storm
FlyerTalk members who planned on traveling through the middle of this week will definitely be affected, as evidenced in the following discussions listed below — with more discussions expected to be launched in additional forums:
- Winter Storm Advisory: Heavy snow may affect travel to or from WAS, NYC, PHL Jan 2016 Alaska Airlines | Mileage Plan forum
- Delta Free Changes for snow storm?
Delta Air Lines | SkyMiles forum
- Mid-Atlantic / Northeast weather waiver issued: Jan. 22-24, 2016 United Airlines | MileagePlus forum
- Weather travel waiver for northeast this weekend Qatar Airways | Privilege Club forum
- Storm question Southwest Airlines | Rapid Rewards forum
Expect for flights operated by airlines based both within and outside the United States to be delayed or cancelled if you decide not to exercise your option to change your itinerary free of charge; but also expect delays and possible cancellations of flights even though neither the origination or destination airports may not be directly affected by the inclement weather.
Also expect ground transportation — such as roadways and train systems — to be inoperable or be of limited use during this winter storm.
If you have travel planned, call the airline operating your flight — as well as the hotel property where your room is located and rental car facility — for the latest updates and to find out all of the options available to you.
Travel waivers are being offered by airlines — including but not limited to the following:
- American Airlines for flights scheduled Thursday, January 21, 2016 through Sunday, January 24, 2016
- Delta Air Lines for flights scheduled Friday, January 22, 2016 through Sunday, January 24, 2016
- United Airlines for flights scheduled Friday, January 22, 2016 through Sunday, January 24, 2016