Travel Alert November 2019: Winter Storm to Affect Midwestern United States and Canada

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 the midwestern United States and Canada with blizzard conditions at times over the next couple of days.

Travel Alert November 2019: Winter Storm to Affect Midwestern United States and Canada

The same storm which has been impacting travel in both Colorado and Minnesota is also affecting travel in several states and provinces with heavy snowfall, cold air, and winds gusting up to 36 miles per hour.

Estes Park and Drake — which are both located in Colorado — have already received at least 32 inches and 33 inches of snow respectively from this winter weather storm.

According to this message which was posted at the official Twitter account of the National Weather Service in Boulder, “Many roads north and east of Metro Denver have been closed due to the heavy snow and blowing snow.

Winter storm warnings are in effect from the greater Denver metropolitan area all the way to the upper peninsula of Michigan. This includes such cities as Minneapolis, Marquette, Sioux City, Lincoln and Saint Paul.

Additionally, southern Ontario and southwestern Québec will also receive similar winter weather from the same storm, which will affect such cities as Sudbury, Timmons, Rouyn-Noranda, Val d’Or, Sault Sainte Marie and North Bay.

The storm is expected to leave a band of snow from northeastern Arizona, northeastern Utah and southeastern Idaho northeast towards southwestern Québec. Up to 36 inches of snow can accumulate in local areas within this narrow swath, which includes southeastern Wyoming, northeastern Colorado, extreme southwestern Nebraska, extreme northern Wisconsin, and most of the upper peninsula of Michigan. Cities such as Omaha, Green Bay and Des Moines are forecast to receive up to six inches of snow.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If the midwestern United States and Canada are 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 three airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

Summary

I find it funny that in the United States, people tend to blame Canada for cold winter weather; but at The Weather Network in Canada, the winter weather which is being experienced there is blamed on a “Colorado low” pressure system. Talk about a humorous way of passing the buck. I suppose it snow use.

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 ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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