Travel Alert October 2019: Winter Storm Affects Colorado; More Airlines Issue Travel Waivers

Additional airlines have issued travel waivers due to a winter storm which is affecting Colorado with blizzard conditions at times over the next couple of days; and you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather.

Travel Alert October 2019: Winter Storm Affects Colorado; More Airlines Issue Travel Waivers

Frigid air from the Arctic is bringing a winter storm across the Rocky Mountain region in the United States and southern Canada — and by the time this weekend concludes, Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs and Cheyenne will have received up to a foot of snow. The aforementioned cities can also expect blowing and drifting snow due to strong winds and whiteout conditions, which can result in the closures of roads and highways due to slippery conditions…

…and the cold air combined with strong winds will be bitter enough to possibly cause frostbite and hypothermia. Expect low temperatures to be as low as zero degrees Fahrenheit in western North Dakota, western South Dakota, western Nebraska, extreme northern Colorado, extreme eastern Idaho, and most of Wyoming in which low temperatures could dip to ten degrees below zero Fahrenheit. Southeastern Alberta, southern Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba will likely also experience temperatures as low as ten degrees below zero Fahrenheit.

Along with most of the state of Colorado and the entire state of Wyoming, portions of northeastern Utah, western Montana, western Nebraska, western South Dakota, eastern Idaho, and much of the border between British Columbia and Alberta are expected to receive an accumulation of snow as well.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If Colorado 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 travel alerts for nine airports in Colorado for Sunday, October 27, 2019 through Monday, October 28, 2019; and Thursday, October 31, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Denver for Sunday, October 27, 2019; and Wednesday, October 30, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued a travel alert for Denver for Sunday, October 27, 2019 through Monday, October 28, 2019; and Monday, November 11, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued a travel alert for Denver for Sunday, October 27, 2019; and Wednesday, October 30, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued travel alerts for Denver and Colorado Springs for Sunday, October 27, 2019 through Monday, October 28, 2019; and Sunday, November 17, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

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 ©2011 by Brian Cohen.

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