Coast-to-Coast Storm Promises Major Flight Disruptions on Busiest Travel Day of the Year

By Accura News on 30 November 2019
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DSC_0798Just in time for the busiest travel day of the year, a coast-to-coast storm is promising to make getting home from grandmother’s house difficult to impossible in many instances.

Blizzard-like conditions in the Grand Canyon, where over one foot (30.5 centimeters) of the white stuff was measured, as well as in New Mexico and Colorado. Tusayan, a town near the Grand Canyon, declared a state of emergency due to the heavy snow and power outages.

Driving conditions are treacherous in many areas so the best advice is to stay off the roads until conditions improve.  If you must drive, make sure you have the appropriate tires (in many regions, local laws require winter tires at this time) and keep extra supplies on hand including a fully charged mobile phone, ice scraper and brush, blankets, at least one flashlight, a battery-operated radio, and several bottles of water.

On Saturday, expect heavy snow in the Dakotas as well as in eastern Wyoming.  The heavy snow will likely snarl air traffic at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

On Sunday, a storm coming out of the Dakotas will meet a coastal low that will bring a wintry mix to the Northeast and heavy snow from Boston to points north 12” to 18” (30 cm to 46cm)  in some areas.

Those flying home are Sunday and Monday are advised to check with their airline as carriers are issuing travel waivers on those days to those booked on flights to or from areas impacted by the storm.

On Friday, 554 flights in the United States were cancelled and over 3,400 were delayed, according to Flightstats.com, a service that tracks such information.  As of 11 a.m. EST on Saturday, 185 flights have been cancelled and an additional 1,282 have been delayed. Denver International, Chicago O’Hare, and Dallas/Fort Worth International airports are bearing the brunt of the delays.

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