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Travel Alert January 2022: More Winter Weather to Impact Northeastern United States

Here we go again...

If the northeastern United States is 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 second winter weather system of this week which will bring both snow and cold air to the region.

Travel Alert January 2022: More Winter Weather to Impact Northeastern United States

Snow is forecast to accumulate from southeastern Missouri all the way to western Newfoundland through Friday, January 7, 2022.

As much as 20 inches of snow is expected in southeastern New Brunswick, northern Nova Scotia, and all of Prince Edward Island — while up to a foot of snow is predicted to fall on portions of extreme northeastern Tennessee to extreme western Maryland; and southeastern Maine, southeastern New Brunswick, much of southern Nova Scotia, and portions of southwestern Newfoundland.

Up to six inches of snow is forecast from central Tennessee all the way to southwestern Newfoundland for cities such as New York, Portland, Nashville, Boston, Newark, Baltimore, Worcester, Philadelphia, Providence, Hartford, Asheville, Atlantic City, and the District of Columbia; and the following cities could experience up to three inches of snow: Saint Louis, Memphis, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg.

Expect slippery roadways, poor visibility, blowing snow, whiteout conditions in local areas, drifting snow, and significant disruptions in travel. Blizzard conditions are possible in the aforementioned portions of Canada.

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. Thousands more flights have already been canceled due to weather.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from the northeastern United States 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 six airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for 19 airports in ten states for Friday, January 7, 2022 through Saturday, January 8, 2022; and Wednesday, January 12, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for 15 airports in nine states for Thursday, January 6, 2022 through Saturday, January 8, 2022; and Wednesday, January 12, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • 17 airports in ten states for Thursday, January 6, 2022 through Saturday, January 8, 2022; and Tuesday, January 11, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Denver for Wednesday, January 5, 2022 through Thursday, January 6, 2022; and Sunday, January 9, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
  • 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.
  • Air Canada has issued travel alerts for:

Final Boarding Call

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

As much as three inches of additional snow could blanket the corridor of Interstate 95 between the District of Columbia and Richmond, on which thousands of people were stranded for as many as 24 hours. Although you should avoid it if possible, if you plan on driving through this area — whether you are driving your own vehicle or a rental vehicle — please refer to this list of 16 tips on how to be better prepared to drive in winter weather.

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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