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Travel Alert March 2022: Winter Storm to Impact Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada

Winter is not over yet.

If the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada are in your travel plans over the next couple of days or so, 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 latest winter weather system which will bring snow, ice, torrential rain, strong winds, and frigid cold air to the regions.

Travel Alert March 2022: Winter Storm to Impact Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada

Although up to 24 inches of snow is expected to fall in some local areas due to higher elevations, snow is forecast through Saturday, March 12, 2022 from western Oklahoma and western Kansas all the way to eastern Québec for the following areas, where as much as:

  • 18 inches of snow could fall from portions of northern New York, northern Vermont, northern New Hampshire, and eastern Québec for cities such as Saranac Lake, Plattsburgh, and Sherbrooke
  • One foot of snow could fall from portions of extreme northeastern Tennessee through northwestern New Brunswick and eastern Québec for cities such as Bristol, Beckley, Johnstown, Syracuse, Burlington, Montréal, and Québec
  • Six inches of snow could fall from north central Tennessee to eastern Québec, which includes cities such as Wheeling, Harrisburg, Nashville, Charleston, and Pittsburgh
  • Three inches of snow could fall from western Oklahoma and western Kansas all the way to eastern Québec, which includes cities such as Columbus, Memphis, Worcester, Albany, Knoxville, Toronto, Little Rock, Oklahoma City, Cleveland, Erie, Portland, Buffalo, Evansville, and Cincinnati

Additionally, strong winds are possible from northern Florida all the way to southern Labrador — which includes New York, Pittsburgh, Evansville, Atlanta, Harrisburg, Cincinnati, Wheeling, Little Rock, Columbus, Jacksonville, Baltimore, Charleston, Newark, Providence, Louisville, Montréal, Québec, Toronto, and Hartford — but eastern North Carolina, extreme western North Carolina, extreme eastern Tennessee, northern New Hampshire, and western Maine could experience the strongest winds of up to 70 miles per hour with local electrical power outages and gusts of up to 90 miles per hour.

Flooding due to torrential rain, damaging thunderstorms, and severe weather is likely to occur from northern Florida to southern Georgia — including such cities as Brunswick, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee. Hail is likely in portions of those areas, with isolated tornadoes and winds of up to 75 miles per hour possible in local areas as well.

After the precipitation occurs, temperatures are forecast to plummet by as much as 40 degrees Fahrenheit from northeastern Mississippi all the way to central Pennsylvania — which includes cities such as Nashville, Charleston, Harrisburg, Knoxville, Huntsville, Roanoke, and Louisville. Additionally, temperatures could drop by as much as 20 degrees Fahrenheit from eastern Louisiana and extreme northwestern Florida all the way up to central New York — which includes cities such as Atlanta, New York, Jackson, Raleigh, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Syracuse, Greenville, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Columbus, Durham, Dover, Birmingham, Newark, and the District of Columbia.

Expect highways and roadways to be difficult to navigate — if not impassible — in many of the affected areas. Motorists are advised not to drive unless it is absolutely necessary to do so.

Hundreds of flights have already been canceled in anticipation of this winter weather system, as the unusually cold winter weather is only adding to the tens of thousands of cancellations and delays of flights which have been plaguing airlines in the United States since Christmas Eve on Friday, December 24, 2021.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada over the next couple of days or so, 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.

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

Final Boarding Call

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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