Travel Alert March 2017: The Big Winter Storm
“A second round of winter weather is also expected in the form of a nor’easter which is expected to buffet the northeastern United States; but that is not expected to occur until Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Travel alerts are not posted by any airline at this time; but watch for airlines to post travel alerts for that day for areas from northwestern North Carolina, northeastern Missouri and southeastern Iowa all the way to extreme southeastern Canada, as significant accumulations of snow — greater than one foot in local areas — are possible.”
That was what I originally wrote in this article yesterday — and sure enough, it did not take long for airlines to post their travel alerts, as major disruptions in travel are expected from eastern portions of Wisconsin and Illinois — as well as the extreme northwestern corner of South Carolina — all the way through the entire northeastern United States and beyond the Canadian Maritimes.
As many as 22 states and five provinces are expected to be affected by this storm.
Travel Alert March 2017: The Big Winter Storm
If the aforementioned locations are 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 — as winter is definitely not yet over by any stretch of the imagination.
This storm is basically you name it, you got it: heavy snow of greater than a foot locally; torrential downpours in warmer areas; temperatures which are forecast to be significantly colder than normal; gusty winds of 40 miles per hour; blizzard conditions in some areas; blowing and drifting snow; high tides of up to two feet above normal levels; coastal flooding; beach erosion; electrical power outages; and tree and limb damage.
The District of Columbia and cities such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Portland, Hartford, Newark, Baltimore, Albany, Wilmington, Worcester, Providence, Atlantic City, Manchester, Moncton and Saint John are expected to bear the worst brunt of this powerful storm and may be shut down altogether for all intents and purposes; but other cities will be significantly impacted as well — such as Chicago, Toronto, Rochester, Pittsburgh, Asheville, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Detroit, Québec, Indianapolis, Columbus, Halifax, Buffalo, Roanoke, Montréal, Burlington and Charlottetown.
Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations
If you are traveling to anywhere in midwestern and northeastern United States and eastern Canada 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 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. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.
Here are ten airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this winter weather system:
- Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for 30 airports serving eleven states and two provinces for Tuesday, March 14, 2017 and Wednesday, March 15, 2017; and Friday, March 17, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
- American Airlines has issued travel alerts for 27 airports in eleven states and one province with the same travel dates.
- United Airlines has issued travel alerts for 21 airports in eleven states and one province with the same travel dates.
- JetBlue Airways has issued travel alerts for 22 airports in eleven states with different travel dates.
- Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for 25 airports in 16 states with different travel dates.
- Alaska Airlines has issued travel alerts for seven airports in six states with different travel dates.
- Frontier Airlines has not yet issued any travel alerts; but expect them to be posted here.
- Spirit Airlines has issued travel alerts for two airports in two states with different travel dates.
- Sun Country Airlines has issued a travel alert for five airports in three states with different travel dates.
- Air Canada has issued travel alerts for four airports in three provinces with different travel dates.
Definitely expect additional airlines to post travel alerts to these areas. I intend to update this article as necessary — as well as perhaps post an updated article.
This situation has been rapidly changing as it develops; so please 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.