Travel Alert January 2020: Large Winter Storm to Impact Midwestern United States

If the midwestern United States is 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 a large winter storm.

Travel Alert January 2020: Large Winter Storm to Impact Midwestern United States

A major winter storm is tracking across the United States and brushing along the border with southern Canada. Snow is expected from eastern North Dakota, eastern South Dakota, and northeastern Nebraska all the way to western Pennsylvania; while ice is forecast from northeastern New Mexico to western Ohio. Rain is forecast from eastern Arizona to southwestern West Virginia, with thunderstorms predicted for central Texas through northeastern Oklahoma.

Up to 16 inches of snow can potentially accumulate in an area which includes Minneapolis, Green Bay, Sioux Falls, Marquette, Traverse City, Madison, and Saint Paul.

Cities such as Omaha, Fargo and Chicago can expect up to three inches of snow; while an accumulation of up to six inches of snow can occur in such cities as Milwaukee and Detroit.

Expect a light glazing of ice — meaning the possibility of black ice on roads and highways — in such cities as Kansas City, Amarillo, Saint Louis, Omaha, Chicago, Lubbock, and Wichita; with a more significant coating expected from western Missouri to central Illinois.

Frigid air is expected to be ushered in behind this winter storm system as soon as Saturday evening, January 18, 2020; with gusty winds which will feel significantly colder than the ambient temperatures.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If the midwestern 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 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 eight airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for 32 airports in ten states for Friday, January 17, 2020 through Sunday, January 19, 2020; and Tuesday, January 21, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for 14 airports in six states for Friday, January 17, 2020; and Monday, January 20, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Minneapolis for Friday, January 17, 2020 through Saturday, January 18, 2020; and Monday, January 20, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Seven airports in five states for Friday, January 17, 2020 through Sunday, January 19, 2020; and Tuesday, January 21, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Lubbock for Thursday, January 16, 2020; and Thursday, January 30, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Amarillo and Wichita for Thursday, January 16, 2020 through Friday, January 17, 2020; and Friday, January 31, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Eight airports in seven states for Friday, January 17, 2020 through Sunday, January 19, 2020; and Sunday, February 2, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued a travel alert for Minneapolis for Friday, January 17, 2020 through Saturday, January 18, 2020; and Monday, January 20, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued travel alerts for Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Grand Rapids, and Green Bay for Friday, January 17, 2020 through Saturday, January 18, 2020; and Friday, January 31, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued a travel alert for Minneapolis for Friday, January 17, 2020 through Saturday, January 18, 2020; and Tuesday, January 21, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Sun Country Airlines has issued a travel alert for Minneapolis-Saint Paul for Friday, January 17, 2020 through Saturday, January 18, 2020; and Friday, January 24, 2020 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 to the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada.

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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