Nor’easter to Disrupt U.S. Flights Through Weekend

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A big nor’easter is set to become the strongest storm to hit the Midwest and northeastern United States since January’s “bomb cyclone.” The system is set to cause flight disruptions throughout the Midwest and New England through the weekend.

According to the latest forecast from Accuweather, the storm will bring rain northeastward from the Tennessee and lower Mississippi Valley to much of the Ohio Valley, lower Great Lakes, central Appalachians and the mid-Atlantic region on Thursday, with the potential for additional flooding in the Midwest. The rain is forecast to turn to snow from west to east over the lower Great Lakes through Thursday night. Thursday night into Friday, the storm could bring high winds to the Midwest and Northeast as it strengthens, potentially causing flight delays and cancellations in Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston. Some travel trouble could even happen as far south as Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Travel Waivers

A number of airlines have issued travel waivers in response to the storm.


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Customers flying American Airlines through affected airports March 2 – 3 can rebook through March 6 between the same city pair in the same cabin (or pay the difference).

On Delta, customers set to fly March 2 – 3 can rebook through March 6, with the new ticket to be reissued on or before that date.

United Airlines is allowing customers scheduled to travel through Chicago O’Hare March 1 to rebook through March 4. Travelers set to fly through airports in the Northeast March 2 – 3 can rebook through March 7. In both cases rebooked travel must be between the same city pair in the same cabin.

On Southwest Airlines, customers with reservations March 2 – 3 can rebook or travel standby in the original class of service within 14 days of their original date of travel between the same city pair.

JetBlue is allowing customers scheduled to fly March 2 – 3 to rebook through March 6.

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