Updated Travel Alert: Fourth Major Winter Storm March 2018 Impacting Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada

Thousands of flights have already been canceled in the northeastern United States because of the fourth winter storm within three weeks in the month of March which is currently significantly impacting the region — despite the fact that spring started yesterday, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 12:15 in the afternoon Eastern Daylight Time — and airlines have updated their travel waivers…

Updated Travel Alert: Fourth Major Winter Storm March 2018 Impacting Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada

…so if these 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.

Because of its slow movement, this winter storm is bringing heavy wet snow from portions of western Virginia and southern West Virginia to southeastern New Hampshire — and although coastal areas are predicted to experience significant winds, blizzard conditions are not expected for the most part.

Up to 18 inches of snow could accumulate in a small area from northeastern West Virginia through extreme western Maryland to southwestern Pennsylvania.

New York, Lancaster, Boston, Philadelphia, Hartford, Winchester, Wilmington, Trenton, Harrisburg, Providence, Hagerstown, Martinsburg, Newark and Scranton are some of the cities which could receive as much as twelve inches of snow; while as much as six inches of snow are forecast for cities such as Baltimore, Worcester, Bangor, Roanoke, Atlantic City, Portland and the District of Columbia.

As much as three inches of snow could fall from western North Carolina to northeastern Nova Scotia, northern New Brunswick and Newfoundland — including cities such as Asheville, Richmond and Pittsburgh.

Sporadic power outages, tree damage, moderate coastal flooding and beach erosion will occur in some areas of the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada — and travel in general will most certainly be disrupted. Hundreds of accidents have already been reported on roads and highways in areas affected by the winter storm.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the northeastern United States and 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 eleven airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

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.

Spring has arrived in the affected areas in name only — for now, anyway…

Photograph ©2010 by Brian Cohen.

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