Fallen snowman
Photograph ©2010 by Brian Cohen.

Major Winter Storm For Central United States: February 2023 Travel Alert

Travel this week will be impacted significantly

Due to the latest winter weather system which has resulted in a central United States winter storm February 2023 — which will also affect southern Canada — consider ensuring that you have alternate plans ready to be implemented in case your travels are adversely affected.

Major Winter Storm For Central United States: 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:

Major Winter Storm to Bring Hazardous Weather from the West to the Northeast This Week

A prolonged major winter storm will spread a large swath of heavy snow from the West Coast to the Midwest today into Thursday which is expected to be extremely disruptive to travel, infrastructure, livestock, and recreation in affected areas. Farther east, heavy snow and an icy mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain will impact the Great Lakes and Northeast late Wednesday and Thursday.

The map of the United States from the National Weather Service indicates that winter storm warnings, blizzard warnings, water storm watches, and winter weather advisories have been issued from northwestern California all the way to southeastern Ontario.

February 20 2023
Source: National Weather Service of the United States.

Accumulation of up to as much as 30 inches of snow is expected in the higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains in Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado — as well as from central South Dakota to central Wisconsin. The general swath of snow is expected to stretch from southwestern British Columbia and northeastern California all the way to southeastern Ontario.

Meanwhile, much of the southeastern United States is forecast to be receiving significant precipitation with steady rain, with some areas experiencing thunderstorms and severe weather. Travel will be affected accordingly.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to, from, or within the central United States and southern Canada over the next few 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 seven airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

Final Boarding Call

Do not be surprised to see additional airlines issue travel waivers — as well as existing travel waivers being extended — as this winter weather system progresses towards the east.

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 ©2010 by Brian Cohen.

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