Travel Alert January 2019: Winter Weather Impacts the Eastern United States

As predicted, the winter weather which affected much of the state of Colorado within the past couple of days has spread eastward: if the eastern half of the United States is 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 winter weather.

Travel Alert January 2019: Winter Weather Impacts the Eastern United States

The winter weather system which impacted much of the state of Colorado is currently affecting areas from Kansas to Virginia, with as much as a foot of snow forecast to blanket such cities as Roanoke, Kansas City, Charlottesville, Saint Louis, Richmond, Indianapolis and the District of Columbia — local areas can experience as much as 16 inches of snowfall — while Cincinnati, Charleston and Baltimore are predicted to have as much as six inches of snow; and cities such as Wichita, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Atlantic City and Omaha may receive as much as three inches of snow.

As a result, 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.

If you are heading further south to cities such as Atlanta, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Durham, Greenville, Birmingham, Charleston, Nashville, Macon, Columbia, Raleigh or Knoxville, you are not out of the woods either, as significant precipitation in the form of cold rain — and gusty thunderstorms in some areas — may also disrupt travel.

Florida is the only state on the east coast of the United States where the weather will be nice during this weather event.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If the eastern half of the United States is 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 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 nine airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for 14 airports in six states for Friday, January 11, 2019 through Saturday, January 12, 2019; and Wednesday, January 16, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Kansas City and Saint Louis for Friday, January 11, 2019 through Saturday, January 12, 2019; and Tuesday, January 15, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Seven airports in three states for Sunday, January 13, 2019; and Wednesday, January 16, 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 11, 2019 through Saturday, January 12, 2019; and Tuesday, January 15, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • 14 airports in five states for Friday, January 11, 2019 through Sunday, January 13, 2019; and Wednesday, January 16, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Denver, Des Moines, Kansas City and Omaha for Friday, January 11, 2019 through Saturday, January 12, 2019; and Saturday, January 26, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Saint Louis for Friday, January 11, 2019 through Sunday, January 13, 2019; and Sunday, January 27, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Eleven airports in seven states for Saturday, January 12, 2019 through Sunday, January 13, 2019; and Sunday, January 27, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued travel alerts for Baltimore, Richmond and Washington National airports for Sunday, January 13, 2019; and Tuesday, January 15, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Denver and Colorado Springs for Friday, January 11, 2019; and Friday, January 18, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Seven airports in six states for Friday, January 11, 2019 through Saturday, January 12, 2019; and Friday, January 18, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued travel alerts for Asheville, Baltimore, Greensboro, Kansas City and Richmond airports for Saturday, January 12, 2019; and Wednesday, January 16, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Air Canada has issued travel alerts for Baltimore, Chicago and both airports which serve the District of Columbia for Saturday, January 12, 2019; and Wednesday, January 16, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued travel alerts for Kansas City and Saint Louis for Friday, January 11, 2019 through Saturday, January 12, 2019; and Tuesday, January 15, 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 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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