Travel Alert January 2019: Major Winter Storms to Impact the Eastern United States and Canada

If the eastern half of the United States and Canada 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 the effects resulting from two major winter storms, which is expected to affect at least 85 airports in as many as 34 states and five provinces.

Travel Alert January 2019: Major Winter Storms to Impact the Eastern United States and Canada

One winter weather system follows another; and when all is said and done, as much as 36 inches — yes, three feet — of snow is expected to accumulate in eastern New York, extreme northwestern Massachusetts, the southern half of Vermont, and much of New Hampshire, Maine and New Brunswick. Local areas could exceed this estimate.

Snow is expected to fall from Montana, Wyoming and Colorado all the way eastward to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. Expect cities such as Cleveland, Moncton, Syracuse, Erie, Concord, Portland and Burlington to receive as much as 24 inches of snow; while as much as 12 inches of snow is forecast for cities such as Hartford, Toronto, Indianapolis, Québec City, Des Moines, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Montréal, Sioux City and Saint John.

Cities such as New York, Columbus, Kansas City, Newark, Saint Louis, Omaha, New Haven and Detroit are awaiting as much as six inches of snow; while as much as three inches of snow may fall on cities such as Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Providence, Halifax and Wichita.

If that is not bad enough, many of the affected areas will experience blizzard conditions — especially from western New York state to the Canadian Maritime provinces, which includes such cities as Albany, Bangor, Concord, Burlington, Fredericton and Moncton — followed by a significant drop in temperatures, which will create frigid conditions. The cold will feel like as low as -35 degrees Fahrenheit in areas such as northern Vermont due to strong gusty winds and ambient temperatures which will be below zero.

Even worse is that because of sleet and freezing rain, significant ice is expected to accumulate from extreme southeastern Indiana all the way to portions of southeastern Massachusetts. Hartford, Wheeling, Morristown, Reading, Providence and Pittsburgh are some of the cities which are included in this area.

As a result, expect trees and electric power lines to be down as a result of the heavy snow or ice, which will lead to electrical power outages. Travel conditions will deteriorate to the point of potentially becoming too dangerous; and flights have already been delayed or canceled, with more delays and cancellations expected.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If the eastern half of the United States and Canada are in your travel plans 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 the affected areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are eleven airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • 32 airports in 12 states for Friday, January 18, 2019 through Saturday, January 19, 2019; and Wednesday, January 23, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • 16 airports in six states and two provinces for Saturday, January 19, 2019 through Sunday, January 20, 2019; and Wednesday, January 23, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for:
    • 25 airports in nine states for Friday, January 18, 2019 through Saturday, January 19, 2019; and Wednesday, January 23, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • 28 airports in nine states and two provinces for Saturday, January 19, 2019 through Sunday, January 20, 2019; and Wednesday, January 23, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • 13 airports in five states for Friday, January 18, 2019; and Wednesday, January 23, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • 17 airports in four states for Saturday, January 19, 2019; and Wednesday, January 23, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • 31 airports in ten states and three provinces for Saturday, January 19, 2019 through Sunday, January 20, 2019; and Wednesday, January 23, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Alaska Airlines has issued a travel alert for Boston for Thursday, January 17, 2019 through Sunday, January 20, 2019; and Friday, January 25, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Des Moines, Omaha and Wichita for Thursday, January 17, 2019 through Friday, January 18, 2019; and Friday, February 1, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Kansas City and Saint Louis for Friday, January 18, 2019 through Saturday, January 19, 2019; and Saturday, February 2, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • 15 airports in ten states for Friday, January 18, 2019 through Monday, January 21, 2019; and Monday, February 4, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued travel alerts for 18 airports in nine states for Saturday, January 19, 2019 through Sunday, January 20, 2019; and Wednesday, January 23, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • 14 airports in seven states for Thursday, January 17, 2019 through Sunday, January 20, 2019; and Thursday, January 31, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • 12 airports in six states for Saturday, January 19, 2019 through Sunday, January 20, 2019; and Thursday, January 31, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
  • Air Canada has issued travel alerts for:
  • WestJet Airways has issued travel alerts for airports in the:
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • 25 airports in nine states for Friday, January 18, 2019 through Saturday, January 19, 2019; and Wednesday, January 23, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • 28 airports in nine states and two provinces for Saturday, January 19, 2019 through Sunday, January 20, 2019; and Wednesday, January 23, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Additional airlines may issue travel waivers as a result of this major 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 ©2010 by Brian Cohen.

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