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Travel Alert January 2022: Winter Storm to Affect Southeastern United States

Ice ice baby. And snow. And rain.

If the southeastern 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 a winter weather system which is expected to bring snow, ice, sleet, freezing rain, thunderstorms, and gusty winds to the region.

Travel Alert January 2022: Winter Storm to Affect Southeastern United States

Snow is forecast through Saturday, January 22, 2022 for the following areas, where as much as:

  • One foot of snow could fall in extreme eastern Virginia — mostly on the DelMarVa peninsula — for cities such as Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Chesapeake
  • Six inches of snow could fall from northeastern North Carolina to extreme southeastern Delaware, which includes cities such as Newport News, Ocean City, Williamsburg, Elizabeth City, Yorktown, Jamestown, and Hampton
  • Three inches of snow could fall from extreme northeastern South Carolina all the way to extreme southern New Jersey, which includes cities such as Charlotte, Cape May, Durham, Richmond, and Raleigh

Additionally, an ice storm is possible from extreme eastern Georgia to extreme southeastern Virginia, with significant ice possible in cities such as Greenville, Wilmington, and Myrtle Beach; while some icing may be possible in cities such as Augusta, Charleston, and Columbia. Ice is typically caused by freezing rain, when rain falls and freezes after it reaches the ground. Black ice — which appears invisible to motorists and poses a threat — on roadways is especially a concern at night.

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.

Electrical power outages and downed trees are a distinct possibility in some areas. States of emergency have already officially been declared in South Carolina and North Carolina.

Thunderstorms and rain will be prevalent in the southern half of Florida and include such cities as Miami, Naples, Fort Lauderdale, and Key West; while rain is expected from northeastern Florida all the way up the coast to the outer banks of North Carolina.

Flights have already been canceled in anticipation of this winter weather system, as the 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 southeastern 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 20 airports in four states for Friday, January 21, 2022 through Saturday, January 22, 2022; and Wednesday, January 26, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for nine airports in three states for Friday, January 21, 2022 through Saturday, January 22, 2022; and Wednesday, January 26, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for eight airports in four states for Friday, January 21, 2022 through Saturday, January 22, 2022; and Saturday, February 6, 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.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued travel alerts for Charlotte, Myrtle Beach, Raleigh, and Richmond for Friday, January 21, 2022 through Saturday, January 22, 2022; and Wednesday, January 26, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Air Canada has issued travel alerts for seven airports in six states for Thursday, January 20, 2022.

Final Boarding Call

Expect the cancellations or delays of flights to continue in general until further notice — and do not be surprised if additional travel waivers are issued as the winter weather system progresses.

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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