Travel Alert January 2021: Major Winter Storm to Impact Midwestern and Northeastern United States

If the midwestern and northeastern 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 winter storm which has been tracking across the United States and is forecast to dump as much as 36 inches of snow in some areas.

Travel Alert January 2021: Major Winter Storm to Impact Midwestern and Northeastern United States

Snow is expected from extreme northeastern Nebraska, extreme southeastern South Dakota, and southwestern Ontario all the way to extreme northern Georgia and extreme southeastern Québec; while a narrow swath of ice is forecast from western North Carolina to eastern Long Island in New York, with significant ice expected in the Appalachian Mountains of northwestern North Carolina and southwestern Virginia. Rain is forecast from southeastern Illinois to southeastern Maryland south to the eastern Gulf Coast of the United States and Florida.

Up to 36 inches of snow can potentially accumulate in an area which includes extreme northeastern West Virginia to the northern third of New Jersey. This area includes the cities of Allentown, Lancaster, Paterson, and Hagerstown.

Cities such as New York, Boston, Portland, Baltimore, Providence, Philadelphia, Roanoke, Hartford, Newark, and the District of Columbia can expect up to a foot of snow; while cities such as Des Moines, Detroit, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Atlantic City, and Indianapolis may experience up to six inches of snow.

Cities such as Minneapolis, Albany, Sioux Falls, Buffalo, Duluth, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Richmond, Charleston, Burlington, and Saint Paul can experience anywhere from a dusting to up to three inches of snow.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If the midwestern and northeastern United States is 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 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 four 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 to the northeastern United States.

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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