Winter Storm Hammers Midwest, Northeast on Busiest Travel Day of the Year

By Accura News on 1 December 2019
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DSC_0006 (2)As more than three million people attempted to fly home Sunday as the Thanksgiving holidays drew to a close, Mother Nature had different plans for some.

The start of the month brought severe weather to many parts of the country, with over a foot of snow expected in parts of update New York and New England and blizzard-like conditions in the Midwest.

On Sunday, as of 9:15 p.m. EST, over 8,400 flights had experienced delays and 813 had been cancelled.  That brings the total number of delayed flights since Friday to almost 20,000, with 1,838 cancellations.

More than 31.6 million people had plans to travel with U.S. airlines during this year’s 12-day Thanksgiving holiday period, a figure 3.1% higher than last year’s, according to figures released by Airlines for America, an industry trade group.

The National Weather Service has issued a number of winter storm warnings, watches, and winter weather advisories across a broad swath of the nation from the upper Midwest into the Northeast.

The most severe conditions are expected in Albany, New York, Syracuse, New York, and Green Bay Wisconsin, where travel may be impossible.

Meanwhile, snow is expected to continue into Monday from the central Appalachians to upstate New York and western and northern New England, further impacting travel.

Airlines are issuing travel waivers for cities affected by the severe weather, which will allow travelers to move their flights.  Road closures are still in effect in some 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.

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