Travel Alert: Winter Storm Affects Much of the United States; Hundreds of Flights Already Canceled
In what could be the worst ice storm seen in the United States in years, greater than half an inch of ice has significantly impacted travel from Texas to Tennessee earlier this week, while up to a foot of snow inflicted misery onto parts of Missouri and surrounding states — and the winter storm responsible for the cold weather and frozen precipitation is headed for the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada for Sunday, December 8, 2013 and Monday, December 9, 2013.
Heavy icing is expected on the Interstate 81 corridor along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains tomorrow — potentially impacting such areas as Johnson City, Roanoke, Charlottesville, Hagerstown and Harrisburg; and possibly affecting cities such as Little Rock, New York, Asheville, Philadelphia, Richmond, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Hartford and Washington by Monday.
Up to three inches of snow is expected in cities such as St. Louis, Minneapolis, Denver, Bismarck, Chicago, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Detroit, Omaha, Trenton and Toronto — as well as Montréal, the city of Québec, and other parts of southeastern Ontario and southern Québec, where up to six inches of snow is expected.
Rain is expected in such cities as New Orleans, Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte and Biloxi.
Meanwhile, frigid air has settled in over much of the western United States and Canada. For example, the low temperature in Los Angeles is expected to be 40° Fahrenheit tonight into tomorrow morning.
Hundreds of flights were canceled at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport alone, where passengers slept overnight on a Boeing 747 airplane operated by Qantas Airways when flight 8 was supposed to depart for Brisbane this past Friday night at 10:00 in the evening; while an Airbus A330 aircraft operated by Lufthansa was stuck in the ice overnight after reportedly sliding off the taxiway.
If you are traveling to the areas of the United States and Canada affected by this storm, expect delays. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this developing storm which may adversely 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, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems. Expect the operation of trains to be interrupted as well.
You may experience delays or cancellations even if you are not traveling to the affected areas of the United States or Canada.
Here is a list of discussions posted on FlyerTalk pertaining to this storm to help keep you informed — and do not be surprised if additional discussions are posted in other forums:
- Weather waivers / travel policy for 6 Dec 2013 and weekend American AAdvantage forum
- Bad weekend for DFW MRs? (Winter storm) Mileage Run Discussion forum
- 7-8 December Washington DC-Area Travel Waiver (Winter Storm) United MileagePlus (Consolidated) forum
- Ice storm chance. When would waivers get posted? Delta SkyMiles forum
- Worst Ice Storms in Years Unfolding… US Airways Dividend Miles forum
- Spirit Weather Cancellation Question (Kind of Generic – not just Spirit) Budget North and South America Airlines forum