Travel Alert January 2020: Large Winter Storm to Impact Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada

If the northeastern United States and southeastern 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 a large winter storm.

Travel Alert January 2020: Large Winter Storm to Impact Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada

The major winter storm which has been tracking across the United States and brushing along the border with southern Canada will be arriving in the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada. Snow is expected from southeastern Manitoba, eastern North Dakota, eastern South Dakota, and northeastern Nebraska all the way to Newfoundland and Labrador and from as far south as northern Virginia; while ice is forecast from northeastern Illinois to central and southern New Jersey. Rain is forecast from eastern Indiana to southern Delaware and much of the southeastern United States.

Up to 16 inches of snow can potentially accumulate in an area which includes Syracuse, Toronto, Minneapolis, Green Bay, Burlington, Marquette, Traverse City, Madison, Bangor, Erie, Montréal, Moncton, Gaspé, Saint John, Saint John’s, and Saint Paul.

Cities such as Chicago, Boston, Milwaukee, Albany, Detroit, Worcester, and Manchester can expect up to six inches of snow; while an accumulation of up to three inches of snow can occur in such cities as New York, Bridgeport, Providence, New Haven, Cape Cod, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Newark, Hartford, and Halifax.

Expect a light glazing of ice — meaning the possibility of black ice on roads and highways — in such cities as New York, Boston, Bridgeport, Providence, New Haven, Cape Cod, Pittsburgh, Islip, Newark, and Hartford.

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. Low temperatures could dip below zero degrees Fahrenheit in interior areas of the northeastern United States.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada 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 ten 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.

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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