Photograph ©2011 by Brian Cohen.

Travel Alert January 2022: Massive Winter Storm Impacts Eastern United States and Southeastern Canada

More airlines join in on the fun.

If the eastern half of the United States and southeastern Canada are in your travel plans over the next few days or so, 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 massive winter weather system which will bring snow, ice, sleet, freezing rain, gusty winds, and frigid air to the regions and affect greater than 110 million people and at least 100 airports in 33 states and eight provinces.

Travel Alert January 2022: Massive Winter Storm Impacts Eastern United States and Southeastern Canada

As much as 18 inches of snow is expected from portions of extreme northwestern North Carolina and the northeastern tip of Tennessee all the way to western Maine and southeastern Québec through Monday, January 17, 2022 for cities such as Buffalo, Roanoke, Erie Québec, and Syracuse — up to as much as 40 inches of snow can possibly fall in higher elevations and local areas — while up to a foot of snow is forecast from central North Dakota and the southwestern tip of North Carolina all the way to eastern Québec and the northwestern tip of New Brunswick for cities such as Montréal, Des Moines, Harrisburg, Burlington, Pittsburgh, Charleston, Fargo, and Albany; and up to six inches of snow is predicted from eastern Saskatchewan, extreme northeastern Georgia, and northern Tennessee all the way to eastern Québec and much of New Brunswick, which includes cities such as Baltimore, Saint Louis, Saint Paul, Knoxville, Manchester, Cincinnati, Worcester, Kansas City, Nashville, Asheville, Omaha, Portland, Minneapolis, and the District of Columbia.

Cities such as New York, Charlotte, Wilmington, Atlanta, Boston, Little Rock, Philadelphia, Richmond, Providence, Toronto, and Hartford can possibly experience being covered with up to three inches of snow.

Additionally, an ice storm is possible from Atlanta to the District of Columbia, with significant ice possible in cities such as Greenville, Durham, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Spartanburg. Ice is typically caused by freezing rain, when rain falls and freezes after it reaches the ground.

Thunderstorms and rain will be prevalent in the southeastern United States and include such cities as Pensacola, Mobile, Tallahassee, Tampa, Savannah, and Jacksonville.

Peak wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour are expected in the southern half of Nova Scotia; up to 60 miles per hour along much of the Atlantic coasts of Canada and the United States; and up to 50 miles per hour from extreme northeastern Florida all the way to Prince Edward Island and as far west as eastern Tennessee.

Shelves in many supermarkets in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area were reportedly already bare in anticipation of the winter storm, as people remember when a winter storm paralyzed the region back on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 — and people whose trips would normally 20 minutes consumed greater than eight hours to complete on that day.

The unusually cold winter weather is only adding to the tens of thousands of cancellations and delays of flights which have been plaguing airlines in the United States since Christmas Eve on Friday, December 24, 2021.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from the eastern half of the United States and southeastern Canada over the next few days or so, 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.

Here are nine airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

Final Boarding Call

Expect the cancellations or delays of flights to continue in general until further notice.

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 ©2011 by Brian Cohen.

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