Travel Alert November 2018: Winter Weather to Affect Midwestern United States

If the midwestern 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 November 2018: Winter Weather to Affect Midwestern United States

This winter storm will drop as much as 12 inches of snow in a rather narrow swath from extreme northeastern Kansas and extreme southeastern Nebraska eastward to the northern suburbs of Chicago; and in another narrow swath within the Rocky Mountains in Colorado — while cities such as Kansas City, Des Moines, Milwaukee, Omaha, Topeka and Chicago may receive as much as six inches of snow. As much as three inches of snow is expected for such cities as Rapid City, Wichita, Madison and Sioux City.

Additionally, an area from eastern Colorado to eastern Wisconsin and eastern Illinois will likely experience blizzard conditions at times from later tonight into tomorrow morning, Sunday, November 25, 2018, which will cause drifting snow from gusty winds and result in electrical power outages.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the midwestern 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 the affected areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

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

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for 13 airports in four states for Saturday, November 24, 2018 through Sunday, November 25, 2018; and Friday, November 30, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for 12 airports in five states for Sunday, November 25, 2018 through Monday, November 26, 2018; and Thursday, November 29, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for 17 airports in six states for Saturday, November 24, 2018 through Monday, November 26, 2018; and Friday, November 30, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for six airports in six states for Saturday, November 24, 2018 through Monday, November 26, 2018; and Monday, December 10, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued travel alerts for 12 airports in five states for Sunday, November 25, 2018 through Monday, November 26, 2018; and Thursday, November 29, 2018 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 ©2011 by Brian Cohen.

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