Travel Alert: Winter Storm Threats in Portions of United States, Canada and United Kingdom
As if the travel alert posted yesterday at The Gate was not enough for portions of the eastern United States and Canada, a new winter storm is threatening blizzard conditions and potentially record low temperatures to the midwestern United States and southeastern Canada.
Meanwhile, a major incident has been declared in the South West of the United Kingdom due to dangerous conditions where strong winds and waves greater than 30 feet tall were predicted to impact the coasts of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly this morning, reportedly forcing the closure of Land’s End Airport and canceling flights.
Back in the United States and Canada, greater than a foot of snow is expected in cities such as Indianapolis and Detroit through Sunday night; whereas anywhere between six to 12 inches of snow is expected in cities such as St. Louis, Cleveland, Buffalo and Toronto.
Blizzard conditions are expected Sunday night in an area from eastern Ohio to West Virginia, western Maryland and western Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, an icy mix of precipitation is expected to affect a swath of the eastern United States from Alabama to Maine, including Washington, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Portland, Albany and Boston, where as much as 18 inches of snow fell overnight.
Temperatures below average are expected to follow this storm as a blast of Arctic air will envelop much of the northern and eastern United States. The low temperature in Atlanta on Monday, January 6, 2014 is expected to be 9° Fahrenheit, which is nothing compared to what Minneapolis will expect for Sunday, January 5, 2014: a high temperature of -12° Fahrenheit and a low temperature of -26° Fahrenheit — almost a record low temperature for that date.
Furthermore — with sustained winds of up to 15 miles per hour and gusts of up to 30 miles per hour expected in Minneapolis — wind chills will be brutally and dangerously cold.
As I advised yesterday, if you are traveling to the areas of the United States and Canada affected by this latest storm through Tuesday, January 7, 2014, expect delays and cancellations. 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 could 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.
If any discussions on FlyerTalk appear as a result of this latest winter storm, I intend to post links to them below. In the meantime, I do not see any weather waivers posted by commercial airlines pertaining to this latest winter storm — yet, anyway…
UPDATE As promised, here are the latest discussions posted on FlyerTalk related to this winter storm:
- JFK closed as DL Connection Flight slides off runway Delta Air Lines | SkyMiles forum
- Flying to Indianapolis, Winter Storm expected, options? Southwest Airlines | Rapid Rewards forum
- Requesting a change to travel plan due to weather American AAdvantage (Pre-Merger) forum
- Weather cancellation – no rebooking to other carriers? US Airways | Dividend Miles forum
- Potential Weather Related Delays: Advice Air Canada | Aeroplan forum
- will frigid weather affect ORD operations? Chicago forum
- Canceling partly used flight due to weather waiver United Airlines | MileagePlus forum
- Award flight cxld due to weather Delta Air Lines | SkyMiles forum
- Did Frontier have any delays at MDW during the recent storm? Frontier Airlines | EarlyReturns forum