Update March 2018: “Life & Death” Situation as Winter Storm Impacts Northeastern United States

As more airlines have issued travel waivers due to what has become a major winter storm, the National Weather Service in Boston issued a warning that “This is a LIFE & DEATH situation for those living along the coast” and especially in coastal areas which are directly exposed to the ocean as opposed to within inlets and bays.

Update March 2018: “Life & Death” Situation as Winter Storm Impacts Northeastern United States

States of emergency — or the activation of emergency operations — have already been declared in several states.

Snow has been falling from southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois all the way to southwestern Maine; and as far south as extreme western Virginia. As much as 18 inches of snow is possible in local areas of cities such as Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, Utica and Niagara Falls. Up to six inches are expected elsewhere — including Toronto, Detroit and portions of the states of Michigan, Maryland, West Virginia, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania…

…and some local portions of central and western New York could see as much as two feet of snow.

Up to three inches of snow is forecast for cities such as New York, Portland, Pittsburgh, Worcester, Ann Arbor, Newark, Milwaukee, Chicago, Manchester, Baltimore and Burlington.

Snow is not the only factor in what is expected to be a strong storm. Mixed precipitation — which could potentially include ice — is expected from extreme northeastern Delaware to extreme southwestern Maine; and wind gusts may peak at 80 miles per hour in areas of the Delmarva peninsula, eastern Long Island and Cape Cod. Additionally, wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour are forecast for such cities as Boston, New York, Hartford, Providence, Philadelphia, Richmond, Newark, and the District of Columbia; and wind gusts maximizing at 50 miles per hour may affect such cities as Asheville, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Erie, Portland, Albany, and even southwestern Nova Scotia.

Winds have strengthened significantly and quickly due to the barometric pressure dropping dramatically at the center of the storm, creating a strong low pressure system. This storm is expected to emulate this powerful one which occurred in early January of 2018 and has already caused major travel disruptions, as greater than 3,500 flights have been canceled.

Even areas outside of the area of the storm have been experiencing high wind gusts — such as Atlanta, where the skies are clear but the winds are gusting to as high as 25 miles per hour. High winds in Baltimore and the District of Columbia are causing turbulent flights which have been reported to result in passengers experiencing motion sickness and nausea.

Power outages, tree damage, coastal flooding, beach erosion, and waves as high as 30 feet have already occurred in some areas of the northeastern United States, causing evacuations in areas such as Massachusetts — and more damage is expected to be reported as the storm continues its rampage.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the northeastern United States 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 12 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 ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

2 thoughts on “Update March 2018: “Life & Death” Situation as Winter Storm Impacts Northeastern United States”

  1. Terry says:

    We got had an uninvited tree on our back porch last night.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I am so sorry to have read that, Terry.

      I hope that your home sustained no damage — or, at most, as little damage as possible.

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