Storm January 3, 2018
Source: National Weather Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.

Travel Alert January 2018: Winter Weather to Impact the Entire 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: Winter Weather to Impact the Entire Eastern United States and Canada

A major winter weather system is bringing precipitation to areas already suffering from dangerously cold temperatures, which will bring as much as 24 inches of snow and wind gusts as strong as 70 miles per hour — creating whiteout blizzard conditions — in some areas to as many as 16 states and six provinces, which is almost certain to disrupt travel and delay or cancel hundreds of flights.

Freezing temperatures are expected to dip as far south as Tampa and Orlando in Florida, where frost is expected to affect vegetation. Ice, mixed precipitation and as much as two inches of snow is predicted for portions of northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia. Areas along the coast at the Gulf of Mexico and even portions of southern Texas are forecast to experience unusually cold weather.

Numerous winter storm warnings and states of emergency have been declared all along the Gulf Coast and east coast of the United States. At least six fatalities have been reported as a result of what is being called a “deep freeze.”

Cities expected to be affected by this winter storm include Jacksonville, New York, Toronto, Philadelphia, Savannah, Providence, Charleston, Washington, Québec, Newark, Norfolk, Buffalo, Montreal, Boston, Albany, Baltimore and Manchester. Slippery roads and reduced visibility are expected; and power outages are possible.

Even at airports with little to no snow, deicing will be required before many airplanes can take off due to the frigid air. Some areas with relatively warmer temperatures could experience ice or a mixture of precipitation.

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 seven airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

Summary

Expect additional airlines to issue travel alerts within the next 24 hours. Other airports in the northeastern United States will almost certainly be added to the travel advisories.

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.

Source: National Weather Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.

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