Travel Alert November 2019: Winter Storm to Affect Minnesota 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 Minnesota with blizzard conditions at times over the next couple of days.

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

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Minneapolis and Saint Paul and surrounding areas through noon on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 with the declaration that “holiday travel will be significantly impacted Tuesday night and Wednesday due to heavy snow and blowing snow.”

Excerpted from that winter weather watch is the following statement:

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for portions of southwest, south central, and east central Minnesota, and all of west central Wisconsin starting late Tuesday afternoon, and continuing through Wednesday morning. The warning includes areas along the Buffalo Ridge in west central Minnesota, and areas southeast of a line from Redwood Falls, to Hutchinson, Clearwater, Princeton and Rush City in Minnesota. Snowfall totals of 6 or more inches are likely in the warned area, with locally higher amounts possible. In addition, gusty northeast winds Tuesday night will shift to the northwest Wednesday, resulting in areas of blowing snow. Travel could be significantly impacted through at least Wednesday morning.

Due to some uncertainties in the snowfall amounts, a Winter Storm Watch remains in effect Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning north of the Minnesota River from Granite Falls to St. Cloud and Milaca. Snowfall totals of 6 or more inches are still possible in the watch area.

Snow will develop across southern Minnesota late Tuesday afternoon and spread northeastward across southern, and east central Minnesota, and into west central Wisconsin Tuesday night. The snow will be heavy at times. Snow will end from west to east Wednesday morning, but blowing snow could continue into the afternoon.

Up to seven inches of snow is expected to accumulate in the Minneapolis and Saint Paul areas with winds gusting as much as 35 miles per hour. Visibility could be significantly diminished due to blowing snow and whiteout conditions in local areas; and conditions are expected to be hazardous for driving.

The storm is expected to leave a band of snow from northeastern Arizona, northeastern Utah and southeastern Idaho northeast towards southwestern Québec. Up to 24 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 Minnesota 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 five airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for Minneapolis for Wednesday, November 27, 2019; and Saturday, November 30, 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 Minneapolis for Wednesday, November 27, 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 Minneapolis for Tuesday, November 26, 2019 through Wednesday, November 27, 2019; and Wednesday, December 11, 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 Minneapolis for Wednesday, November 27, 2019; and Friday, November 29, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued a travel alert for Minneapolis for Wednesday, November 27, 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 ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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