Snow Atlanta December 8 2017
Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Thousands of Flights Canceled and Delayed February 2023 Due To Massive Winter Storm

More travel waivers have been issued by more airlines.

Thousands of fights canceled and delayed February 2023 due to a massive winter storm spanning both coasts — 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.

Thousands of Flights Canceled and Delayed February 2023 Due To Massive Winter Storm

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

Difficult to Impossible Travel across Wide Swaths of the U.S.

Powerful storms that stretch from coast to coast will bring widespread areas of snow and blowing snow to low elevations in the West Coast and to the Great Lakes. Blizzard to near-blizzard conditions can be expected. Strong winds across the Southwest will keep fire weather threats critical in the South Plains. Thunderstorms, some severe, may produce localized flash flooding in the Midwest.

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, winter 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 22 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.

Portions of Southern California may experience accumulation of as much as 100 inches of snow in 24 hours as the result of a potential blizzard, as Southern California braces for its coldest winter storm in years.

Ice is accumulating 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. Travel will be affected accordingly.

People have been reporting their experiences on social media — along with photographs and videos.

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 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 13 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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