Travel Alert January 2018: Eastern United States Winter Weather

The strong cold front which is currently impacting eastern Texas heads east to eastern portions of the United States from Texas to Florida to Maine; so if any of these areas 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.

Travel Alert January 2018: Eastern United States Winter Weather

As the cold front moves further east, cold Arctic air is expected to plunge almost all the way to the Gulf of Mexico and result in a rapid fall in temperatures, which will cause an icy mix of precipitation to occur as soon as tonight into tomorrow from eastern Texas and up the “spine” of the Appalachian Mountains — up to five inches of snow is forecast for some of these areas — and even if the precipitation is in the form of rain, the moisture could freeze on the ground overnight and cause dangerously slippery conditions which may include black ice. Winter weather advisories are currently in effect.

Ice could also accumulate on power lines; and if the ice is heavy enough, power lines could snap and cause localized power outages. Cities expected to be affected by this cold front include New Orleans, Little Rock, Pensacola, Jackson, Shreveport, Huntsville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville, Roanoke, and Charleston in West Virginia. Slippery roads are expected; and power outages may be possible mainly from icing on power lines.

A state of emergency has been issued by the governor of Alabama for all counties in the state.

Meanwhile, up to eight inches of snow is possible from northeastern Pennsylvania to eastern Maine and southern New Brunswick. Although a lesser accumulation of snow is expected from eastern Kentucky to northern Maine and Nova Scotia, travel can still be disrupted — especially as frigid air causes temperatures to plunge into the teens; with wind chills causing the air to feel as cold as zero degrees Fahrenheit in some locations.

Cities expected to be affected by this cold front include Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Worcester, Hartford, Newark, Manchester, Portland, Providence, and Burlington. Slippery roads are expected; and power outages may be possible mainly from icing on power lines.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

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

Summary

The travel waivers listed in this article are in addition to the ones listed for eastern Texas.

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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