Travel Alert March 2018: Another Major Winter Storm to Affect Upper Midwestern and Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada

After having just suffered through a major winter storm and far from recovery, the upper midwestern and northeastern United States and southeastern Canada are already gearing up for another major winter storm; so if those regions 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 — due to the effects resulting from a winter storm.

Travel Alert March 2018: Another Major Winter Storm to Affect Upper Midwestern and Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada

Although this new winter storm will be significant, it will not be as powerful overall as the last winter storm which impacted upon the regions and caused at least nine fatalities — power outages are still prevalent in many areas — but blizzard conditions are expected for the upper midwestern United States and lower midwestern Canada; and heavier snow this time around is forecast for the New England region.

Up to 18 inches of snow is possible for cities such as Philadelphia, Newark, New York, Albany, Worcester, Hartford, Manchester, Burlington, Portland, Augusta and Bangor — two feet of snow in some local areas is not out of the question — while blizzard conditions are forecast to bring up to a foot of snow such cities as Minneapolis, Sioux City, Fargo, Duluth, Saint Paul, Saskatoon, Bismarck, Regina and Brainerd.

As much as six inches of snow is predicted for cities such as Boston, Wilmington, Winnipeg, Green Bay and Québec; while cities such as Chicago, Milwaukee, Traverse City, Providence, Atlantic City, Montréal and Halifax could receive up to three inches of snow.

Power outages, tree damage, minor coastal flooding and beach erosion will occur in some areas of the northeastern United States — and travel in general will most certainly be disrupted.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the upper midwestern and northeastern United States and southeastern 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 twelve airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

Summary

Expect additional airlines to issue travel alerts within the next 24 hours — especially as this storm is moving eastward. If or when that happens, I intend to pass the updated information along to you.

In the meantime, 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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