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Travel Alert January 2022: More Airline Waivers and States of Emergency Declared Due to Major Winter Storm

Looks like a good weekend to stay indoors.

If the northeastern United States and eastern 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 the latest major winter weather system which will bring snow, frigid air, and gusty winds to the regions.

Travel Alert January 2022: More Airline Waivers and States of Emergency Declared Due to Major Winter Storm

Although up to 36 inches of snow is expected to fall in some local areas due to higher elevations, snow is forecast through Sunday, January 30, 2022 for the following areas, where as much as:

  • 18 inches of snow could fall from portions of extreme eastern Long Island in New York all the way to eastern Québec for cities such as Augusta, Boston, Providence, Saint John, Manchester, Portland, Fredericton, Charlottetown, Hartford, Worcester, Concord, Bangor, and Moncton — and blizzard conditions are likely in these areas
  • One foot of snow could fall from extreme eastern Maryland on the DelMarVa peninsula all the way to southwestern Newfoundland for cities such as New York, Bridgeport, Cape May, Ocean City, Sydney, Rehoboth Beach, Gaspé, Newark, and Islip
  • Six inches of snow could fall from extreme eastern Tennessee to the extreme southwestern tip of Maryland and from extreme northeastern North Carolina all the way to southwestern Labrador, which includes cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, Dover, Norfolk, Charleston, Trenton, Bristol, Williamsburg, Albany, Halifax, Jamestown, and Saint John’s
  • Three inches of snow could fall from southwestern North Carolina all the way to northern Labrador, which includes cities such as Knoxville, Raleigh, Roanoke, Harrisburg, Wheeling, Charlotte, Burlington, Greensboro, Cincinnati, Scranton, Durham, and the District of Columbia

Additionally, windy conditions are forecast to occur from eastern North Carolina all the way to southern Labrador, with the strongest winds to occur between southeastern New Jersey to southern Nova Scotia — which will mean peak wind gusts as strong as 75 miles per hour, blizzard conditions, reduced visibility due to blowing snow, flooding along the coast, erosion of beaches, downed trees, and electric power outages for those areas. Eastern Massachusetts — which includes Boston and Cape Cod — will likely experience the greatest risk of widespread electric power outages.

If you think that you could escape the winter by traveling south, think again: a blast of cold Arctic air could plunge as far south as the northern Caribbean islands. For example — at the time this article was written — the low temperature for Saturday, January 29, 2022 for Miami is forecast to be 42 degrees Fahrenheit. Greater than 75 percent of the state may experience freezing temperatures — which could adversely affect berry crops and citrus crops such as oranges and grapefruits — and the low temperature for much the gulf coast of the United States is predicted to dip well below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. This could mean patchy ice on roads in some areas.

Expect highways and roadways to be difficult to navigate — if not impassible — in many of the affected areas. Motorists are advised not to drive unless it is absolutely necessary to do so.

States of emergency were officially declared in Virginia and North Carolina in advance of this major winter weather system, which has prompted winter storm warnings from the National Weather Service to remain in effect for multiple states into Saturday, January 29, 2022.

Hundreds of flights have already been canceled in anticipation of this winter weather system, as 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 northeastern United States or eastern 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:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for 47 airports in 14 states for Friday, January 28, 2022 through Saturday, January 29, 2022; and Saturday, February 5, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for 28 airports in 13 states for Friday, January 28, 2022 through Saturday, January 29, 2022; and Tuesday, February 1, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for 26 airports in eleven states for Wednesday, January 26, 2022 through Sunday, January 30, 2022; and Wednesday, February 2, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for 13 airports in nine states for Friday, January 28, 2022 through Saturday, January 29, 2022; and Saturday, February 12, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued a travel waiver for all destinations for Tuesday, December 28, 2021 through Monday, January 31, 2022, as all fees for cancellations of flights or changes in itineraries will be waived — reportedly due at least in part to the proactive cancellation of up to 90 flights per day.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued travel alerts for 18 airports in eleven states for Friday, January 28, 2022 through Sunday, January 30, 2022; and Wednesday, February 16, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued travel alerts for 13 airports in ten states for Friday, January 28, 2022 through Saturday, January 29, 2022; and Saturday, February 5, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Air Canada has issued travel alerts for:
  • WestJet Airways has issued travel alerts for:

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 ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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