Travel Alert October 2019: Winter Storm Affects Upper Midwestern United States and Southern Manitoba

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 southern Manitoba with blizzard conditions over the next couple of days.

Travel Alert October 2019: Winter Storm Affects Upper Midwestern United States and Southern Manitoba

A strong cold front is bringing a winter storm eastward across the northern United States and southern Canada, as it brought snow to parts of the northwestern United States — such as Spokane, which received greater than three inches of snow.

This same winter storm is expected to deliver up to two feet of snow — complete with blizzard conditions due to strong gusty winds — to the upper midwestern United States and southern Manitoba today and tomorrow, Thursday, October 10, 2019 and Friday, October 11, 2019. Cities to be affected include Bismarck and Winnipeg; although Rapid City and Fargo are forecast to experience 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…

…and the cold air combined with strong winds will be bitter enough to possibly cause frostbite and hypothermia.

Portions of western Minnesota, southeastern Montana, eastern Wyoming, northwestern Nebraska, and the Rocky Mountains in Denver are expected to receive an accumulation of snow as well. Despite a high temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday, Denver is currently receiving its first accumulation of snow for the winter season today, with the high temperature today not expected to be warmer than freezing.

Due to the extreme change in temperatures, this same storm system is forecast to bring severe weather — including thunderstorms, large hail, torrential rain and possible tornadoes — to portions of the southern plains of the United States from southern Iowa to northeastern Texas. This includes cities such as Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Springfield, Fort Smith, Tulsa, and possibly even Dallas and Fort Worth. Expect delays and possible cancellations of flights in these areas.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If the upper midwestern United States and southern Manitoba 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 travel alerts for Bismarck, Fargo and Rapid City for Thursday, October 10, 2019 through Friday, October 11, 2019; and Monday, October 14, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for seven airports in two states for Thursday, October 10, 2019 through Friday, October 11, 2019; and Monday, October 14, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Air Canada has issued a travel alert for Winnipeg for Thursday, October 10, 2019 through Friday, October 11, 2019.
  • WestJet Airways has issued travel alerts for:
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued travel alerts for seven airports in two states for Thursday, October 10, 2019 through Friday, October 11, 2019; and Monday, October 14, 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 as it continues to travel 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 ©2011 by Brian Cohen.

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