Travel Alert October 2019: Storm Affecting Eastern United States and Eastern Canada

If you are traveling to, from or within the eastern halves of the United States and Canada, expect disruptions in travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to a storm which is moving eastward over the next couple of days.

Travel Alert October 2019: Storm Affecting Eastern United States and Eastern Canada

As much as 14 inches of snow is possible in areas located within southeastern Ontario and central Québec; while in the United States, snow is forecast from extreme northern Oklahoma to northwestern Wisconsin and the northeastern upper peninsula of Michigan. Chicago, Madison, Des Moines, Omaha, Green Bay, Grand Rapids and Kansas City can expect up to three inches of accumulation; while Traverse City, Rockford, Davenport and Milwaukee may receive as much as six inches of snow. Wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour are not out of the question in the Great Lakes region, which will blow snow and exacerbate the bitter cold Arctic air.

Meanwhile, rain will soak much of the rest of the eastern half of the United States and southeastern Canada from extreme eastern Texas all the way beyond northern Maine to eastern Québec. Up to five inches of rain is predicted to fall in local areas of this massive swath of precipitation.

Isolated severe thunderstorms, isolated tornadoes, flooding, and strong gusty winds are possible in some locations — especially in an area from extreme northeastern Georgia all the way to extreme southeastern Ohio, southern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey, which includes the cities of Philadelphia, Greenville, Charleston, Baltimore, Richmond, Raleigh, Knoxville, Wilmington, Pittsburgh, Atlantic City, Durham, Spartanburg, Roanoke, and the District of Columbia.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If the eastern United States and eastern 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 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:


Additional airlines may issue travel waivers as a result of this weather system as it develops.

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 ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

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