Ice on ground
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Central United States Ice Storm: February 2023 Travel Alert

Proceed with grace, as the ice is slick.

Due to the latest winter weather system which is forecast to result in a central United States ice storm February 2023 as well as significant precipitation to the southeastern United States over the next couple of days or so — which has already caused at least six fatalities and resulted in the cancellations of at least 1,900 flights and the delays of more flights — consider ensuring that you have alternate plans ready to be implemented in case your travels are adversely affected.

Central United States Ice Storm: February 2023 Travel Alert

The following statement is currently posted at the official Internet web site of the National Weather Service of the United States:

Ice and Heavy Rain in the Southern States; Upcoming Arctic Blast for Northeast

The epic ice storm across a portion of the Southern U.S. will come to an end on Thursday. A system tracking near the Gulf Coast will clear-out the frozen mess, while also producing heavy rain and perhaps a severe thunderstorm for the Gulf Coast states. Meanwhile, a glancing shot of arctic air will sweep through the Northeastern U.S. on Friday to produce very dangerous wind chills through Saturday.

The map of the United States from the National Weather Service indicates that winter storm warnings, winter weather advisories, and ice storm warnings have been issued from extreme southeastern New Mexico all the way to central Tennessee.

February 1 2023 winter storm
Source: National Weather Service of the United States.

The ice storm has already caused electric power outages in many areas due to heavy ice weighing down on — and breaking — power lines and trees which left hundreds of thousands of people without electric power; and hundreds of accidents have been reported on roads and highways in Texas and other southern states.

The ice storm has been getting attention on social media.

Meanwhile, much of the southeastern United States has been receiving significant precipitation with steady rain, with some areas experiencing thunderstorms. Travel will be affected accordingly.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to, from, or within the central United States over the next couple of days or so, 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.

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

Final Boarding Call

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 ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

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