Travel Alert March 2017: Winter Storm to Affect Southeastern United States

“W inter weather is also expected as far south as Nashville; but that is not expected to occur until Saturday, March 11, 2017. Travel alerts are not posted by any airline at this time; but up to six inches of snow is expected this weekend in cities such as Saint Louis, Evansville, Louisville, Lexington and Roanoke.”

That was what I originally wrote in this article yesterday — and sure enough, places such as eastern Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina will be affected by winter weather, which is why travel alerts have been issued for these parts of the southeastern United States.

Travel Alert March 2017: Winter Storm to Affect Southeastern United States

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 not yet over by any stretch of the imagination.

As much as six inches of snow is expected to blanket areas of the mountains of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina, which includes cities such as Knoxville and Asheville — and some of the affected areas are not used to receiving that much snow. In some areas, the inclement weather will start off as rain before transitioning to snow due to frigid temperatures plunging southward.

The extreme northern portions of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina may experience up to an inch of snow at most this weekend; but nothing which would potentially significantly impede upon travel. A wintry mix of precipitation is possible as far south as Atlanta.

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.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to anywhere in the southeastern United States 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 four airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this winter weather system:


Expect additional airlines to post travel alerts to these areas — and definitely expect travel alerts to be posted by airlines for the major winter storm for this coming Tuesday.

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 ©2010 by Brian Cohen.

4 thoughts on “Travel Alert March 2017: Winter Storm to Affect Southeastern United States”

  1. Nathan says:

    Thank you! Due to reading this article I changed my Fam’s itinerary from a lame connection through Charlotte to a direct flight to MIA tomorrow. Score.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I enjoyed learning about your “score”, Nathan. Excellent!

      I am glad to have been of service to you; and I appreciate you letting me know about your experience.

  2. These storms affect more than just the areas hit by the storm. Because of transcontinental and international flights that fly through these airports, you can expect to see delays all across the US.

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