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Massive Winter Storm Spans Both Coasts: February 2023 Travel Alert

Dozens of airports. Twelve airlines. What a travel mess.

A massive winter storm spans both coasts February 2023 — which affects much of the northern and western United States and southern Canada — so consider ensuring that you have alternate plans ready to be implemented in case your travels are adversely affected.

Massive Winter Storm Spans Both Coasts: 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:

Moderate, Major and Extreme Winter Weather Impacts Expected From The West Coast to Northeast Coast

A massive winter storm will impact the Four Corners region and central Rockies into the Upper Midwest and New England the next few days, while a slowly developing storm will drop down the West Coast to deliver mountain snow and even low elevation snowfall. All of these locations will see moderate to extreme winter impacts with travel not advised in the Upper Midwest due to blizzard conditions

The map of the United States from the National Weather Service indicates that winter storm warnings, ice storm warnings, blizzard warnings, gale warnings, high wind warnings, water storm watches, winter weather advisories, and even high surf advisories, blowing dust warnings, and heavy freezing spray warnings have been issued from much of the west coast of the United States and southern Canada all the way to southeastern Maine.

February 21 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 Newfoundland and Labrador.

Ice is expected to accumulate from eastern Nebraska all the way to eastern Massachusetts and southwestern Maine, with the thickest accumulation forecast from extreme eastern Iowa to eastern New York.

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 northern and western 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 twelve 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 ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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