Travel Alert January 2018: Another Winter Storm to Impact the Eastern United States and Canada

If the eastern United States or eastern Canada 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 — due to the effects resulting from a winter storm.

Travel Alert January 2018: Another Winter Storm to Impact the Eastern United States and Canada

A major winter weather system is bringing precipitation to areas which have already suffering from dangerously cold temperatures and caused the ground to freeze — which means that although cities such as Atlanta are expecting rain for tomorrow morning, Monday, January 8, 2018, that liquid precipitation is expected to freeze upon impact with the ground. Schools and businesses in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area will be closed in anticipation of an expected coating of ice, which will potentially create hazardous and slippery conditions.

Icy conditions are also expected from Missouri to New York; while snow is expected from Michigan to Newfoundland — but most of that snowfall is expected to only be approximately two inches or so in many areas. Chicago already received snow earlier today and caused travel problems.

Cities expected to be affected by this winter storm include Atlanta, Cincinnati, New York, Toronto, Philadelphia, Memphis, Providence, Saint Louis, Washington, Québec, Newark, Norfolk, Buffalo, Montreal, Cleveland, Boston, Albany, Nashville, Baltimore, Detroit, Raleigh, Indianapolis, and Manchester. Slippery roads are expected; and power outages may be possible mainly from icing on power lines.

Fortunately, temperatures are expected to moderate later this week.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the eastern United States or eastern 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 five airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:


Expect additional airlines to issue travel alerts within the next 24 hours.

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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