Update February 2018: Winter Storm Impacts Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada

As predicted yesterday, additional airlines have issued travel alerts for the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada; so 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 — due to the effects resulting from a winter storm.

Update February 2018: Winter Storm Impacts Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada

Flights have already been canceled due to the winter storm, which is currently over 13 states in the northeastern United States. As one example, greater than 200 flights at Newark International Airport alone have been canceled.

A airplane — which operated as Southwest Airlines flight 906 to Montego Bay with 149 passengers aboard — reportedly skidded sideways off of a runway at the international airport which serves the greater Baltimore metropolitan area while preparing for takeoff. Passengers were reportedly transported to another plane following the incident.

The Tappan Zee Bridge in New York is closed due to it being covered with a solid sheet of ice, which has caused multiple motor vehicle accidents.

Speed restrictions have been enforced in Pennsylvania; while roads in Massachusetts are currently in the process of being cleared of snow and ice. Dangerous travel conditions have also been reported in states such as Ohio and Maryland.

Snow is expected from eastern portions of Iowa and Missouri all the way to the Canadian Maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and the northern half of Nova Scotia. As much as a foot of snow is expected in areas such as Syracuse, Albany, Montpelier and Concord; while Toronto, Montréal, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Manchester could receive as much as six inches of snow.

Meanwhile, a narrow swath of the United States from northern Texas to southern New Hampshire could receive a coating of ice. Included in this area are Louisville, Worcester, Hartford, Evansville and Cincinnati; while New York, Boston, Philadelphia and the District of Columbia are forecast to experience an icy mix of winter precipitation.

Much of the southeastern United States will experience mainly rain, which could still potentially cause interruptions in air travel.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the northeastern United States or southeastern Canada over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this winter weather system 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 these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are nine airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:


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 ©2011 by Brian Cohen.

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