Travel Alert January 2019: Chicago Winter Weather Waivers

If the greater Chicago metropolitan area and parts of the midwestern United States are in your travel plans over the next couple of 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 a winter storm.

Travel Alert January 2019: Chicago Winter Weather Waivers

A winter weather advisory was issued for the counties of Cook, Kane and DuPage by the National Weather Service of the United States and will remain in effect until at least midnight Central Standard Time as a result of the forecast for freezing drizzle through mid afternoon, which is then expected to change over to a possible mix of freezing rain and snow. Total ice accumulations of one tenth to near one quarter of an inch through this evening; and total snow accumulations of a trace to approximately one inch this evening, with higher amounts up to three inches across northern Kane county.

A narrow swath of the United States and extreme south central Canada — roughly from Kansas and Nebraska through southwestern Québec — is forecast to be covered with up to ten inches of snow. Most major airports in the midwestern United States — such as Minneapolis and Detroit — are outside of this swath, as those cities are not expecting any significant accumulation of snow at this time. Toronto may receive up to three inches of snow.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If the greater Chicago metropolitan area and parts of the midwestern United States are in your travel plans over the next couple of days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this winter weather system which may 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 the affected 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:

Summary

Additional airlines may issue travel waivers as a result of this winter weather system as it continues to travel eastward.

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 ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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