Update April 2019: More Airlines Issue Travel Waivers as Winter Weather Impacts Rocky Mountain and Northern Plains Regions of the United States

More airlines have issued travel waivers as winter weather impacts the Rocky Mountain and northern plains regions of the United States; and if those regions are in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather.

Update April 2019: More Airlines Issue Travel Waivers as Winter Weather Impacts Rocky Mountain and Northern Plains Regions of the United States

As blizzard warnings were issued by the National Weather Service in regions such as northeastern Colorado, thousands of flights have already been affected — either as delays or cancellations through which thousands of passengers have been stranded — in some of the areas which are expecting this winter weather in April. One of those areas is Denver.

Portions of Interstate 29 and Interstate 90 — as well as other highways — have been closed, with motorists stranded in their vehicles. Some 200 people have already been rescued from their cars.

Snow is forecast from southeastern Idaho and eastern Utah all the way to west-central Wisconsin, which will bring blizzard conditions in some areas and potentially be nearly as intense as the winter storm last month; while a mix of precipitation is expected from northeastern Colorado to the southern third of Wisconsin in what is being called a “potentially historic” storm by the National Weather Service.

Through Thursday, April 11, 2019, up to 18 inches of snow is expected to accumulate in the southern half of South Dakota, extreme northern Nebraska, and southwestern Minnesota; while up to a foot of snow is forecast to be on the ground from extreme south-central Montana south to the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado and east to the western half of the upper peninsula of Michigan — which includes cities such as Minneapolis, Sioux City, Rapid City, Duluth and Saint Paul.

Cities which could receive up to six inches of snow include Denver, Madison, Traverse City, Cheyenne and Colorado Springs; while Fargo, Des Moines, Milwaukee and Omaha are forecast to receive up to three inches of snow.

Flooding has occurred in some areas where a significant amount of snow has accumulated.

Meanwhile, warmer areas are not out of the woods by any means, as severe weather is expected in northern Kansas, southeastern Nebraska, extreme southwestern Iowa, extreme northwestern and extreme eastern Missouri, most of Illinois south of Chicago, western Indiana, extreme western Kentucky. and extreme northwestern Tennessee. All of these areas can expect large hail, damaging winds — and perhaps even an isolated tornado. Travel disruptions are possible in these areas.

In fact, one of the contributing factors to the strong and stormy weather is the substantial difference between the clashing masses of hot air and cold air as they move in a general eastward direction. For example, portions of eastern Nebraska recorded high temperatures in the 80s; while portions of western Nebraska experienced temperatures as low as the teens.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If the Rocky Mountain and northern plains regions of the United States are in your travel plans over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to the winter weather 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 ten airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for 18 airports in six states for Wednesday, April 10, 2019 through Thursday, April 11, 2019; and Sunday, April 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 13 airports in four states in the upper Midwest and travel alerts for four airports in Colorado for Wednesday, April 10, 2019 through Thursday, April 11, 2019; and Sunday, April 14, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for 14 airports in five states for Wednesday, April 10, 2019 through Thursday, April 11, 2019; and Sunday, April 14, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Milwaukee for Wednesday, April 10, 2019; and Wednesday, April 24, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Denver for Wednesday, April 10, 2019 through Thursday, April 11, 2019; and Thursday, April 25, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Minneapolis-Saint Paul for Wednesday, April 10, 2019 through Friday, April 12, 2019; and Friday, April 26, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued a travel alert for Minneapolis-Saint Paul for Thursday, April 11, 2019; and Saturday, April 13, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued travel alerts for nine airports in six states for Wednesday, April 10, 2019 through Thursday, April 11, 2019; and Friday, April 26, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued travel alerts for Denver and Minneapolis-Saint Paul for Wednesday, April 10, 2019 through Thursday, April 11, 2019; and Sunday, April 14, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Sun Country Airlines has issued a travel alert for Minneapolis-Saint Paul for Thursday, April 11, 2019 through Friday, April 12, 2019; and Thursday, April 18, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Air Canada has issued travel alerts for :
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued travel alerts for 17 airports in five states for Wednesday, April 10, 2019 through Thursday, April 11, 2019; and Sunday, April 14, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

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 ©2010 by Brian Cohen.

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