Travel Alert March 2018: Winter Storm to Impact Northeastern United States

If the northeastern United States is 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: Winter Storm to Impact Northeastern United States

Snow is expected from southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois all the way to southwestern Maine; and as far south as extreme western Virginia. As much as 18 inches of snow is possible in local areas of cities such as Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, Utica and Niagara Falls. Up to six inches are expected elsewhere — including Toronto, Detroit and portions of the states of Michigan, Maryland, West Virginia, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania…

…and some local portions of central New York could see as much as two feet of snow.

Up to three inches of snow is forecast for cities such as New York, Portland, Pittsburgh, Worcester, Ann Arbor, Newark, Milwaukee, Chicago, Manchester, Baltimore and Burlington.

Snow is not the only factor in what is expected to be a strong storm. Mixed precipitation — which could potentially include ice — is expected from extreme northeastern Delaware to extreme southwestern Maine; and wind gusts may peak at 80 miles per hour in areas of the Delmarva peninsula, eastern Long Island and Cape Cod. Additionally, wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour are forecast for such cities as Boston, New York, Hartford, Providence, Philadelphia, Richmond, Newark, and the District of Columbia; and wind gusts maximizing at 50 miles per hour may affect such cities as Asheville, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Erie, Portland, Albany, and even southwestern Nova Scotia.

Winds will strengthen significantly and quickly due to the barometric pressure dropping dramatically at the center of the storm, creating a strong low pressure system. This storm is expected to emulate this powerful one which occurred in early January of 2018 and caused major travel disruptions.

Do not be surprised to see power outages, tree damage, coastal flooding, beach erosion, and waves as high as 30 feet in some areas of the northeastern United States — all of which is highly likely to cause travel disruptions when combined with the snow, wind, ice and rain.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the northeastern 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 12 airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:


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 ©2010 by Brian Cohen.

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