Travel Alert November 2019: Winter Storm to Affect Colorado Before Thanksgiving

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 a winter storm which will affect Colorado with blizzard conditions at times over the next couple of days.

Travel Alert November 2019: Winter Storm to Affect Colorado Before Thanksgiving

The National Weather Service has declared an urgent winter storm watch for Denver and surrounding areas through noon on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 with the declaration that “travel could be very difficult to impossible, especially Tuesday morning.”

Excerpted from that winter weather watch is the following statement:

A large area of heavy snow is likely from the northern Colorado and southern Wyoming mountains eastward into western Nebraska and northwest Kansas. The heaviest snow will begin in the mountains and late Monday afternoon and spread southeast to the Denver area during the evening, and across the rest of northeast Colorado by about midnight. The snow will end from west to east during the day Tuesday.

This storm will likely cause significant travel difficulties due to the amount of snowfall. A widespread area with a foot of snow from about Interstate 70 northward is possible. Conditions will deteriorate Monday evening and will be worst on Tuesday morning. While blizzard conditions are not expected, north winds at 15 to 30 mph will produce some blowing and drifting snow on the plains during the day Tuesday, which may hamper plowing of roads. Conditions will improve Tuesday afternoon as the snow moves eastward and winds decrease.

People planning travel in northeastern Colorado Monday night or Tuesday should monitor future forecasts and begin to consider alternatives. There is some uncertainty about this storm’s impact on the Denver area as it may be on the edge of this storm. There is a chance that travel could become impossible in the Denver area Tuesday morning, so residents should be prepared for that possibility. Closed or impassible roads due to very heavy snow are more likely in the cities north of Denver and on the plains along and north of Interstate 76.

The storm is expected to leave a band of snow from central Colorado and southeastern Wyoming northeast towards southern Ontario. Up to 20 inches of snow can accumulate in local areas within this narrow swath, which includes Omaha, Des Moines and Lincoln. Cities such as Minneapolis, Green Bay and Saint Paul are forecast to receive up to six inches of snow.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If Colorado is in your travel plans over the next couple of days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this winter weather system 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 ten airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Denver for Tuesday, November 26, 2019; and Friday, November 29, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Denver for Tuesday, November 26, 2019; and Friday, November 29, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued a travel alert for Denver for Monday, November 25, 2019 through Tuesday, November 26, 2019; and Tuesday, December 10, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued a travel alert for Denver for Monday, November 25, 2019 through Tuesday, November 26, 2019; and Friday, November 29, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued travel alerts for Denver and Colorado Springs for Tuesday, November 26, 2019; and Wednesday, December 18, 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 Tuesday, November 26, 2019; and Friday, November 29, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Sun Country Airlines has issued a travel alert for Denver for Tuesday, November 26, 2019; and Friday, November 29, 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 Tuesday, November 26, 2019.
  • WestJet Airways has issued a travel alert for Denver for Tuesday, November 26, 2019.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued a travel alert for Denver for Tuesday, November 26, 2019; and Friday, November 29, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Additional airlines may issue travel waivers as a result of this winter weather system — and additional areas may be affected as the storm moves eastward.

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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