Travel Alert November 2019: Winter Storm to Affect Upper 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 upper midwestern United States and Canada with blizzard conditions at times over the next couple of days.

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

A major winter storm is forecast to leave accumulations of snow in 15 states and three provinces — from southeastern California all the way to extreme southern Saskatchewan; east to southeastern Ontario; and south to central Michigan.

As much as 36 inches of snow is possible in locations of South Dakota; up to 24 inches of snow could accumulate from northeastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana to the northwestern part of the upper peninsula of Michigan, which includes cities such as Rapid City and Duluth; and up to a foot of snow is forecast from Billings all the way to the northeasternmost tip of Lake Huron.

Blizzard warnings are in effect for northeastern Wyoming, northwestern Nebraska, and western South Dakota — which means winds gusting as high as 55 miles per hour, cold air, blowing snow, significantly decreased visibility, and fallen tree branches and electric power lines. Accumulations of ice is expected to occur in these areas, which will only exacerbate weather conditions to be poor and render traveling with any conveyance virtually impossible.

Winter storm warnings are in effect from California all the way to the upper peninsula of Michigan. This includes such cities as Minneapolis, Bismarck, Aberdeen, Billings, Fargo, and Saint Paul.

Winter weather advisories are also in effect from northern Nevada and southeastern Oregon all the way to western New York and a small portion of north central Pennsylvania.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If the upper 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 five airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for Rapid City for Friday, November 29, 2019 through Saturday, November 30, 2019; and Monday, December 2, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for 16 airports in four states for Saturday, November 30, 2019; and Tuesday, December 3, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for 13 airports in three states for Friday, November 29, 2019 through Saturday, November 30, 2019; and Wednesday, December 4, 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-Saint Paul for Saturday, November 30, 2019; and Tuesday, December 3, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • WestJet Airways has issued travel alerts for Brandon and Winnipeg for Friday, November 29, 2019 through Sunday, December 1, 2019.

Summary

Additional airlines will issue travel waivers as a result of this winter weather system — especially in the northeastern United States — 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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