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Travel Alerts January 2019: Winter Weather Affects Munich and Sapporo

What do Munich in Germany and Sapporo in Japan have in common right now? Well, if you are traveling to, from or through those two locations over the next couple of days, 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 the effects resulting from winter weather which is affecting both locations.

Travel Alerts January 2019: Winter Weather Affects Munich and Sapporo

90 flights have already been canceled at Munich Airport due to heavy snowfall — and more flights are expected to be delayed or canceled. Munich can receive as much as one foot of snow; while three feet of snow is expected in certain locations in higher elevations in the Alps.

Other cities from eastern Switzerland to western Russia and southern Finland which may be affected by winter weather — and result in slippery conditions at a minimum — include Prague, Zurich, Tallinn, Budapest, Warsaw, Vienna, Riga, Helsinki and Minsk.

Meanwhile, some of the runways have been closed at Sapporo Chitose airport for snow removal. Flights to and from Sapporo Chitose airport have been delayed, canceled, diverted or return to their departure airports due to snow removal and air traffic control.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to, from or within Munich or Sapporo, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to both winter weather systems 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 in any of the affected areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are four airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of both weather systems:


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 ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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