Travel Alert: Winter Storm Affects Northeastern United States; Thousands of Flights Already Canceled or Delayed
If the northeastern United States is in your travel plans through this weekend, you might want to consider delaying your travel, as blizzard conditions are expected to start later this afternoon and last through tomorrow — causing thousands of flights to be delayed or canceled.
Additionally, heavy snowfall is expected in cities such as Philadelphia, Syracuse and Buffalo. New York City could receive up to eight inches of snow; while accumulations in Boston — where an official state of emergency has already been declared — are expected to exceed a foot.
Extreme southeastern Canada — namely, the southern Atlantic Maritime provinces — could receive heavy snowfall as well. In addition to potentially bitter cold temperatures, Halifax could receive up to a foot of snow.
Even if you were able to successfully travel to the northeastern United States, expect poor visibility, blowing or drifting snow, icy conditions on roadways, and bitterly cold temperatures where some areas could experience record low temperatures.
In New York, for example, the high temperature on Friday is expected to reach 15° Fahrenheit; with a low temperature of only 5° Fahrenheit. The high temperature in Boston on Friday is expected to reach 14° Fahrenheit; with a low temperature of only -1° Fahrenheit.
If you are traveling to the areas of the United States and Canada affected by this storm, expect delays and cancellations. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this developing storm which may adversely affect your travel plans — or you could wind up sleeping in an airport, as a number of passengers are reportedly already being forced to do. 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 will most likely 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, as delays and cancellations of flights are already being reported at airports throughout the United States. For example, conditions are currently windy with gusts of up to 35 miles per hour in Atlanta — where delays are already prevalent at its international airport — with an expected low temperature tonight of only 19° Fahrenheit; and the rain currently pouring in Washington is expected to turn to snow and ice later tonight.
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:
- Winter Storm to Hits NorthEast Causing Thousands of Delays and Cancellations Travel News forum
- Winter Storm Hercules and Impact to UA’s Operations (Travel Waivers 31 Dec – 4 Jan) United Airlines | MileagePlus forum
- Countdown for NE weather waiver Delta Air Lines | SkyMiles forum
- Nasty Weather – Logan planning to shut down ad 20h00 2013-Jan-02 Air Canada | Aeroplan forum
- Weather Advisory Affecting JetBlue Flight Operations [Master Thread] JetBlue | TrueBlue forum