Airlines Issue Travel Alerts, Waivers as Storm Sweeps Across the U.S.

Delta, United, and American Airlines have all issued travel waivers.

A plane sits during a blizzard

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A winter storm is making its way across the country, having a widespread effect on travel and flights ahead of the busy holiday season.

Several airlines have announced flight waivers as the storm sweeps across the United States, issuing alerts for everywhere from the Rockies to the Midwest, the East Coast, and the mid-Atlantic

The massive storm has already brought several tornadoes to the south, injuring people in Oklahoma and Texas and leaving people missing in Louisiana, The Associated Press reported. Other parts of the country from Montana to western Nebraska and Colorado were under blizzard warnings with as much as 2 feet possible in some areas.

The storm is then expected to move toward the Northeast, bringing dangerous ice storms to some areas along with rain, wind, and coastal hazards along the Eastern Seaboard, Accuweather reported. It will start as ice from the central Appalachians to part of the mid-Atlantic region into Thursday before eventually dropping snow from north-central and northeastern Pennsylvania all the way up to central Maine (a likely boon for East Coast ski mountains). 

Delta Air Lines issued a travel waiver for the New York area for Thursday. Travelers who need to change their tickets can do so without paying a fare difference through Dec. 18.

Similarly, United Airlines issued a travel waiver for travel throughout the East Coast on Thursday and Friday as well as one for travel across the Midwest through Friday and another waiver for travel across the Rockies and Central U.S. through Thursday.

American Airlines also issued a travel alert for the Northeast for travel through Sunday.

On the roads, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation issued several restrictions on highways across the state, banning certain vehicles due to the likelihood of icy spots. 

“Many parts of PA are expecting winter weather tonight and tomorrow,” the department tweeted. “Avoid unnecessary travel during the storm, and check 511PA for updates on speed and vehicle restrictions.”

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