Travel Alert November 2019: Winter Weather Affects Chicago Metropolitan Area

If the greater Chicago metropolitan area and parts of the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada are in your travel plans over the next couple of 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 a winter storm.

Travel Alert November 2019: Winter Weather Affects Chicago Metropolitan Area and the Great Lakes Region

Hundreds of flights have already been delayed or canceled due to winter weather, which is currently affecting the Chicago metropolitan area — and even though Chicago is forecast to receive only up to three inches of snow, it is already been a factor in at least one commercial aviation incident: an Embraer 175 airplane which operated as American Airlines flight 4125 skidded off the runway in Chicago this morning; and no one is reported to have been injured in the incident.

A narrow swath of the United States and Canada — from all five Great Lakes all the way through the Saint Lawrence Seaway in southeastern Québec, which includes Buffalo, Syracuse, Montréal and Québec City — is forecast to be covered with up to a foot of of snow, with as much as 30 inches of accumulation expected in locations which are prone to lake effect snow. Cities such as Detroit, Cleveland, Toronto and Ottawa are predicted to experience up to six inches of snow.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If the greater Chicago metropolitan area and parts of the Great Lakes region of the 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 six airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

Summary

Additional airlines may issue travel waivers as a result of this winter weather system as it continues to travel eastward. Do not be surprised if airlines — in addition to Air Canada — start issuing travel waivers for locations in the northeastern United States.

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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