U.S.Declares State Of Emergency.Major Airlines Issue Travel Waivers Ahead Of Wicked U.S. Storm
All major U.S. airlines have issued travel waivers for the weekend, enabling passengers to re-schedule their flights ahead of wicked U.S. storm.
The airports included airline include some cities in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia all the way up the coast to New Hampshire and Massachusetts
A massive winter storm is set to impact the north-eastern United States Thursday night into the weekend, bringing anywhere from 10 cm to 60 cm of snow to some places.
Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C. declared states of emergency Thursday ahead of the storm, which is expected to impact D.C. Friday afternoon into the evening, making its way to New York Saturday morning, lasting through to mid-day.
The declarations free up access to federal assistance if required. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has also declared a snow emergency that will go into effect after the Friday morning rush.
Public schools in the area will be closed and non-essential government employees are being encouraged to leave work by noon Friday.
In Virginia, crews are busy salting roads before the storm hits. Meanwhile, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has enlisted the help of the West Virginia National Guard. That state is expected to receive up to 60 cm of snow through the weekend
“The large low set to bring heavy snow to parts of the Eastern U.S. will bring with it a severe weather threat across the deep south and Gulf States,” writes Weather Network meteorologist Brad Rousseau.
“We are expecting mainly Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida to see the greatest severe weather risk which is expected to continue through Friday afternoon.”
Southern Mississippi and Louisiana are at risk of seeing some tornadic activity.