Freezing rain, sleet, snow, and dangerous winds are battering the East Coast right now, causing flight delays and cancelations to and from cities all along the eastern seaboard.
Flight Cancelations Today
As of Friday morning, the nor'easter Winter Storm Riley had prompted all of the major carriers — Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United, Southwest, and JetBlue (among others) — to offer fee waivers.
According to FlightAware, there were 995 delays within, into, and out of the United States by 11:00 a.m. on Friday morning. And cancelations reached nearly 2,400.
(To get a sense of just how bad things are, check out the live flight-tracking site’s appropriately named “MiseryMap,” which helps visualize the gloom.)
Travelers with plans to fly to or from the worst-hit areas of New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and the Washington, D.C. area between Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3 can likely change, cancel, or postpone their flights.
Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C.-based travelers should check directly with their airline about flight cancelations.
Certain airlines have extended their travel waiver to cover flights to and from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and even Ohio.
With few exceptions, travelers who take advantage of an airline’s storm waivers can adjust their itinerary without paying either a change fee or a difference in fare, so long as travel is completed within a specified time frame.
Even if your flight isn’t covered by a waiver, anyone with plans to fly this weekend should still be prepared for a frankly dismal travel experience.
Airport Delays as Far South as Tennessee
While Winter Storm Riley’s worst weather will be concentrated on the Northeast, its effects are being felt as far south as Tennessee.
The Tennessean reported early Friday morning that some two dozen flights in and out of Nashville’s international airport had been canceled because of the bad weather up north.
A recent weather report from ABC News warned of widespread power outages, winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour, and flooding. Meaning if you don’t have plans to go out during the bomb cyclone, you probably should't make any.