Travel Alert March 2019: Winter Weather Impacts Rocky Mountain and Northern Plains Regions of the United States

If the Rocky Mountain and northern plains regions of the United States are in your travel plans over the next day or two, 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 winter weather which is already disrupting travel.

Travel Alert March 2019: Winter Weather Impacts Rocky Mountain and Northern Plains Regions of the United States

One fatality was reported as a result of blizzard conditions of “historic proportions” — according to the National Weather Service — which have been pummeling the Rocky Mountain and northern plains regions of the United States with wind gusts as strong as 100 miles per hour, which has caused whiteouts on highways and contributed to many vehicle accidents as well as stranded greater than 1,000 motorists in their cars and trucks; and in addition to the difficult driving conditions, they also led to structural damage, widespread tree damage, and electrical power outages.

Greater than 2,100 flights have already been canceled, with 5,200 flights delayed as a result of this severe winter storm system.

Through Thursday, March 14, 2019, up to 18 inches of snow is expected to accumulate from northeastern Colorado to central South Dakota.

Cities which are forecast to receive up to one foot of snow include Rapid City, Denver and Fargo; while Colorado Springs and Bismarck are forecast to receive up to six inches of snow.

The storm has rapid intensified due to a weather phenomenon known as bombogenesis, which is causing high winds due to the unusually rapid strengthening of the low pressure of a storm. Some places affected by this weather system experienced the lowest pressure in approximately 100 years.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If the Rocky Mountain and northern plains regions of the United States are in your travel plans over the next day or two, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to the winter weather which may 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 the affected areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are nine airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for 14 airports in four states for Wednesday, March 13, 2019; and Sunday, March 17, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for 18 airports in five states for Wednesday, March 13, 2019 through Thursday, March 14, 2019; and Sunday, March 17, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for 27 airports in six states for Wednesday, March 13, 2019 through Thursday, March 14, 2019; and Sunday, March 17, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for nine airports in nine states for Wednesday, March 13, 2019 through Thursday, March 14, 2019; and Thursday, March 28, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued travel alerts for Denver and Steamboat Springs for Wednesday, March 13, 2019 through Thursday, March 14, 2019; and Sunday, March 17, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued travel alerts for Colorado Springs and Denver for Wednesday, March 13, 2019 through Thursday, March 14, 2019; and Friday, March 29, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued a travel alert for Denver for Wednesday, March 13, 2019 through Thursday, March 14, 2019; and Saturday, March 16, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Air Canada has issued a travel alert for Denver for Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued travel alerts for 16 airports in five states for Wednesday, March 13, 2019 through Thursday, March 14, 2019; and Sunday, March 17, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

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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