Winter Storms In The US Set To Disrupt Travel This Weekend

Severe weather continues to disrupt society across the United States into the weekend. Nearly 64 million people in the country are now subject to winter weather alerts. As a result of circumstances, airline services are affected.

Passengers and airlines are once again forced to deal with harsh winter weather. Photo: American Airlines

Interstate turmoil

The southern states, the Midwest, and the East Coast are three regions that are particularly affected by inclement weather. Travelers in the air and on the ground would have faced hugely challenging obstacles this week, with scenes of drivers battling close to low-light conditions, and ice causing many to slip and crash. Even the Cedar River in Minnesota has been frozen. Moreover, wind chills in New England may reach -40- this weekend.

Overall, NBC News reports that weather alerts are in place for 26 US states. Because of the difficult situation, many airlines across the United States have issued travel warnings.

Snow cleaning at Delco Feb 2, 2021
Airlines will do work to defend against storms this winter. Photo: Getty Images

Waivers released

One airline that has stressed how weather affects air travel is American Airlines. The company also stated that services in parts of Canada may be affected.

“Winter weather in parts of the Midwest, Northeast and southeastern United States and Canada may affect American Airlines operations. In preparation for this weather, American has issued a travel alert for airports in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia, as well as parts of Canada.Travel Alert allows customers whose travel plans may be affected Due to this inclement weather, re-booking with no change fee.” – American Airlines via the statement.

Southwest Airlines added that its scheduled flights to several destinations were affected. The Texas congregation has highlighted that passengers who have reservations on services related to the locations below between January 15 and January 16 can rebook within 14 days of their original travel.

  • Atlanta, Georgia (ATL)
  • Birmingham, AL (BHM)
  • Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT)
  • Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina (GSP)
  • Jackson, MS (January)
  • Little Rock, Arkansas (LIT)
  • Memphis, Tennessee (MEM)
  • Nashville, Tennessee (US)
  • Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina (RDU)
  • Des Moines, IA (DSM)
  • Kansas City, Missouri (MCI)
  • Minneapolis/St. Poole, Minnesota (MSP)
  • Omaha, NE (OMA)
  • St. Louis, Missouri (STL)
  • Albany, New York (ALB)
  • Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI)
  • Boston (Logan), Massachusetts (BOS)
  • Buffalo/Niagara, NY (BUF)
  • Hartford, Connecticut (BDL)
  • Long Island/Islip, New York (ISP)
  • Manchester, NH (MHT)
  • New York – LaGuardia, NY (LGA)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL)
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Bates)
  • Portland, Minnesota (PWM)
  • Providence, Rhode Island (PVD)
  • Richmond, Virginia (Rick)
  • Rochester, New York (ROC)
  • Syracuse, NY (SYR)
  • Washington – Dallas, Virginia (IAD)
  • Washington – Reagan National, DC (DCA)

In all, many major operators serving affected areas issue waivers. To find out more about the conditions, it is advised to contact your airline.

Southwest Airlines Snow Jetty
Southwest Airlines is one of the many airlines that has had to contend with difficulties. Photo: Getty Images

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worrying period

It’s been a tough few weeks for the US-based airlines when it comes to severe weather. Besides winter storms, carriers have to deal with the impact Omicron is having on operations. These weekend alerts are almost a repeat of this time last week when an East Coast blizzard caused thousands of flight cancellations, including more than 2,500 cuts on Friday, January 7.

The previous weekend was turbulent, with more than 2,300 cancellations reported on Sunday, January 2 due to weather issues and the coronavirus. Airlines across North America will be eager for the arrival of spring as severe weather is likely to continue in the coming weeks.

What are your thoughts on travel disruption in North America due to severe weather this weekend? What do you think of the overall challenges? Tell us what you think of the situation in the comments section.

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