Travel Alert January 2020: Strong Storm Affects Eastern United States and Southeastern Canada

If the eastern United States and southeastern 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 a strong storm.

Travel Alert January 2020: Strong Storm Affects Eastern United States and Southeastern Canada

This winter storm is different in the fact that it will contrast with a heat wave that has been bringing record warmth to portions of the United States — and in fact, the significant contrast in temperatures is what is causing the precipitation to occur as either rain, snow or ice and be squeezed out of the atmosphere…

…and in the colder part of the boundary, a narrow swath of the United States and Canada — from just south and west of Oklahoma City over all five Great Lakes all the way through southern Québec is forecast to be covered with up to a foot of snow, with as much as 18 inches of accumulation expected in locations which are prone to lake effect snow.

Chicago, Madison, Grand Rapids, Wichita, Tulsa, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Ottawa and Montréal are in the path of the narrow swath of where the accumulation of snow is expected to occur.

Meanwhile, portions of Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and Wisconsin have received as much as 0.33 inches of ice — which has caused damage to tree limbs and power lines — while strong thunderstorms have been flooding portions of the southeastern United States, with some areas ravaged by tornadoes.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If the eastern 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 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 ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

One thought on “Travel Alert January 2020: Strong Storm Affects Eastern United States and Southeastern Canada”

  1. Richard says:

    Thanks for the heads up on this awful weather Brain. Am in the UK but travelling soon so really useful.

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